Future Reflections  Fall 2006

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Braille Storybook Resources

compiled by the
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
A Division of the National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2360 or 2361 * Fax: (410) 659-5129
bcheadle@nfb.org * www.nfb.org

FREE BOOKS
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF)

Free Braille Books Program
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2361 * Fax (410) 659-5129
www.actionfund.org * brailleaction@actionfund.org
Selected popular children’s reading series (currently Jigsaw Jones Mystery® chapter books for grades 2-4; Matt Christopher sports books for grades 5 and up; Sampler set of chapter books from four different series including SpongeBob SquarePants®; Franny K. Stein; Mad Scientist; My Weird School; and Ready Freddy) are available free to blind children, teachers, libraries, etc. The books are mailed out every month so that blind children can have them at the same time that sighted children can buy the books in the bookstore.

Braille Institute of America, Inc.
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029
(800) 272-4553 * (323) 906-3104
www.brailleinstitute.org * ums@brailleinstitute.org
Offers children ages 3-18 a variety of books of which they may select four titles three times a year. Dots for Tots and TacTales are programs offered for blind toddlers.

Seeing Hands
P.O. Box 46374
Minneapolis, MN 55446
(763) 404-2675
www.seeinghands.org * info@seeinghands.org
All books in collection available on loan free of charge. Organization also offers a free Braille book to participants on their birthday!

LENDING LIBRARY SERVICES

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF)
Kenneth Jernigan Lending Library Service
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, California 91356
(818) 343-3219
http://www.actionfund.org/ * actionfund@actionfund.org
Services are available to blind individuals and schools. Contact AAF for application.

Braille Circulating Library, Inc.
2700 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23220
(804) 359-3743
www.careministries.org/bcl.html * braille@aol.com
Religious materials in Braille, large print, and cassette for 6 week time period.

Christian Record Services, Inc.
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68516
(402) 488-0981 * Fax (402) 488-7582
www.christianrecord.org * info@christianrecord.org
Offers 415 Braille titles and 1623 audio tape titles ranging from fiction, adventure, Bible, and non-fiction covering all reading levels. (30 day lending)

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
1291 Taylor Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20542-0002
(202) 707-5100 * (800) 424-8567 * Fax (202) 707-0712
www.loc.gov/nls * nls@loc.gov
Primary source of Braille and recorded books and magazines for the blind. Books are loaned through a national network of regional and sub-regional libraries for the blind and physically handicapped. Catalogs of Braille books for children, youth, and adults are available. NLS also coordinates Web Braille for patrons of the regional and sub-regional libraries. This program provides electronic files of Braille books that can be downloaded for display or embossing. Contact the Washington, D.C., office for the location of the library for the blind that serves your area.

** There are two search options. The first allows you to perform a search similar to one you would find in any public library, i.e. keywords, author, title etc. The second is an area search to find a library in your state or region that serves blind readers.

“Very Bumpy Stories” Volunteer Braille Service
1710 Douglas Drive
Golden Valley, Minnesota 55422
(763) 544-2880
www.vbsmn.org * vbsmn@vbsmn.org
Print/Braille books for young readers. The program is open to all individuals and to school districts in Minnesota only.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Library for the Blind
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4G 3E8
(416) 486-2500, ext. 7520 Toll-Free 1-800-268-8818
Fax 416-480-7700
www.cnib.ca/library * library@cnib.ca
Library services for blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind Canadians of all ages. Offers Braille, large print, and a variety of access technologies.

BOOKS FOR SALE

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
P.O. Box 6085, 1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
(502) 895-2405 * (800) 223-1839 (U.S.A. & Canada) * Fax (502) 899-2274
www.aph.org * info@aph.org
Offers a limited number of Braille books from kindergarten to adult reading level. Free catalogs available upon request. Maintains the Louis Data Base of Accessible Material for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired.

** APH offers many services and products. To search for books, the simplest method is to select the “Louis” search. From there, click on “Search for Textbooks, Recreational Reading, and Downloadable Files” Now you have the option of putting in a keyword or entering the ISBN number. If you know the book title, enter it here. If you simply want to browse all titles, (though tedious) start at the beginning of the alphabet and in the search field enter “A”.

The Braille Resource and Literacy Center (The BRL Center)
1094 South 350 West
Orem, Utah 84058
(801) 224-3334 * Fax (801) 224-0089
www.brlcenter.org * contact@brlcenter.org
Offers books for beginning readers in double-spaced, non-interpoint, un-contracted (or alphabetic) Braille. Pages on the right are in Braille, and the pages to the left are the same text, line for line, in print. Also offers children’s books in contracted Braille. A list of titles is available.

I Can See Books
88 Captain Morgans Boulevard
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1
CANADA
(800) 987-1231 * Fax (800) 985-1231
International: 1 (250) 753-3093 * Fax 1 (250) 483-1590
www.braillebookstore.com * info@braillebookstore.com
Offers an extensive collection of Braille and print/Braille books for all age categories.

National Braille Press (NBP)
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 266-6160 * (888) 965-8965 * Fax (617) 437-0456
www.nbp.org
NBP offers a Braille Book-of-the-Month club for young readers. The subscription is $100/year for 13 books. (Sign up as a trial to get notices on titles.) NBP also offers other Braille books for all age groups, and a Braille manual, Just Enough to Know Better, for parents who wish to learn Braille. Check the Web site or call for a free catalog.

Seedlings: Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, Michigan 48151-5924
(734) 427-8552 * (800) 777-8552 * Fax (734) 427-8552
www.seedlings.org * info@seedlings.org
Offers print-Braille-and-picture books, print-and-Braille books, un-contracted Braille books, and Braille books for ages up to 14. Free catalog upon request.

William A. Thomas Braille Bookstore
Braille International, Inc.
3290 Southeast Slater Street
Stuart, Florida 34997
(772) 286-8366 * (888) 336-3142 * Fax (772) 286-8909
www.brailleintl.org * info@brailleintl.org
Operates a walk-in and mail-order bookstore for the blind. Free catalog upon request.

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