[Nfbnet-members-list] Read Across America: Promote Braille Literacy, Have Fun, and READ!

Shaheen, Natalie NShaheen at nfb.org
Fri Jan 31 23:40:28 UTC 2014


It is almost that time of year again­the time of 
year when every Sneech, every Who, everyone 
wearing a Thneed, celebrates Seuss because they love to READ!

Any time reading is being celebrated, you know 
that we will be there proclaiming our love of 
Braille! The National Education Association 
celebrates Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss’ 
birthday every year. March 2, Dr. Seuss’s 
birthday, falls on a Sunday this year, so the 
festivities will take place on Monday, March 3 in 
schools and libraries around the country. As 
usual, the NFB will be joining the celebration of 
children’s literacy by emphasizing the importance 
of Braille. We need your help to get the message 
out to the world that we love Braille!

You can join in the Read Across America fun and 
help spread the good news about Braille starting today by doing the following:
1.      Help your affiliate organize a Read 
Across America Day birthday party for Dr. Seuss. 
We will be sharing party and activity ideas with affiliate leaders very soon.
in pictures of you or your child reading a 
Braille book near landmarks or other identifiable 
places. We want to show the world that blind 
people read Braille across America by showcasing 
pictures of Braille readers at famous landmarks. 
Whether it’s by the Statue of Liberty, Gateway 
Arch, the Rocky Mountains, a saguaro cactus, the 
Grand Canyon, Disneyland, Epcot Center, or even a 
Route 66 sign­let’s show the world that Braille 
readers are everywhere! Chosen pictures will be 
posted on <http://www.nfb.org/>nfb.org, on the 
Facebook page, and tweeted by <https://twitter.com/nfb_voice>@NFB_Voice.
us a video of you or your child reading Braille 
or showing how you will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 
birthday. A selection of the submitted videos 
will be posted on Facebook, the 
YouTube channel, and tweeted by 
<https://twitter.com/nfb_voice>@NFB_Voice. For a 
fabulous example of a video, check out 
example, submitted by Josey and Angel (one 
Braille reader and one print reader).Have fun, 
get creative, and show the world why you love Braille!

On March 3, Read Across America Day, help spread 
the message that Braille rocks by:
1.      READING Dr. Seuss! This is what this day 
is all about. You can find Dr. Seuss books in 
Braille online to download at 
<http://www.bookshare.org>Bookshare or from 
and you can find hardcopy Braille books at 
<http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/all_books.html>National Braille Press.
2.      Read with a child. Volunteer to read a 
story or two to children at a school. Read with 
your own children. Or read with a young friend.
3.      Tell us about what you are reading. 
Whether you are reading Dr. Seuss or something 
else, we still want to hear about it. Post about 
it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags 
#Braille and #NEAReads (the official Read Across 
America hashtag). You can talk about what you are 
reading, suggest books, ask for suggestions, or 
post about why you love Braille and why it is 
important, or about anything else. We want to hear from you!

If the whole country is talking about literacy on 
March 3, Braille must be a part of the conversation.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to 
pick up a book and read with a child."

--Dr. Seuss

If you have questions about the NFB’s 
participation in Read Across America, please be in touch.

Liz Spann

Education Program Specialist

Jernigan Institute


200 E. Wells Street

at Jernigan Place.

Baltimore, MD 21230

Email: <mailto:espann at nfb.org>espann at nfb.org

Phone: 410-659-9314, extension 2418

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