[Nfbnet-members-list] Kernel Books Available to All

Danielsen, Chris CDanielsen at nfb.org
Tue Apr 11 22:00:49 UTC 2017

Dear Fellow Federationists:
In 1991 the National Federation of the Blind 
began publishing a series of small volumes called 
Kernel Books. The books contained stories written 
by blind people about our lives, designed to show 
that they are not much different from the lives 
of our sighted friends, family members, and 
peers. We called them Kernel Books because each 
story contained a "kernel," such as an incident 
or a challenge that revealed a truth about 
blindness and blind people. We encouraged the 
sharing of these volumes with the public to 
increase understanding and combat low 
expectations and misconceptions about blindness.
The Kernel Books are a valuable part of our 
organizational literature and heritage. As an 
organization, we deeply value and treasure the 
real-life stories of hope and inspiration 
contained in our Kernel Book series. But the way 
that the public acquires information has changed, 
with more and more people reading and consuming 
information in a digital form. While the stories 
in the Kernel Books are timeless, the paperback 
volumes that contain them are not. Consequently, 
we are planning to repurpose these stories to 
make them more widely available in digital 
formats. At the same time, we would like to get 
many of the existing paperback Kernel Books in 
our storage facility out into the world and into 
the hands of those who would benefit from reading 
them. To that end, we are offering free cases (a 
case contains fifty books) on a first-come, 
first-served basis of the following Kernel Books published after 2000:
•              Oh, Wow
•              Safari
•              Reaching for the Top in the Land Down Under
•              Not Much of a Muchness
•              The Lessons of the Earth
•              Imagine
•              Celebrate
•              To Reach for the Stars
We are making these cases of books available so 
that chapters, affiliates, and divisions can 
distribute them within their local communities or 
to new members and supporters. You might donate 
some books to your local library, distribute 
copies to senior centers, take some books to 
church or to meetings of community organizations 
with which you are involved, give the books out 
as free literature at community festivals and 
events, and more. If you are interested in 
receiving a free case of any of these titles, 
please contact the Independence Market at (410) 
659-9314, extension 2216, or at independencemarket at nfb.org.
We hope that many individuals, chapters, and 
affiliates will take advantage of this 
opportunity to spread our message of hope, love, 
and determination far and wide. The Kernel Books 
show how blind people live the lives we want and 
invite others to understand and support our work 
for the full and equal integration of the blind 
into society. Let's make sure that all of the 
copies of these books we can get into circulation 
are distributed before we transition these 
stories to new platforms and formats oriented 
towards reaching a new generation of readers.

Christopher S. Danielsen, J.D.
Director of Public Relations
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, Ext. 2330 | cdanielsen at nfb.org
Twitter: @rlawyer

National Federation of the Blind


The National Federation of the Blind is a 
community of members and friends who believe in 
the hopes and dreams of the nation’s blind. Every 
day we work together to help blind people live the lives they want.

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