Look into the fascinating and inspiring lives of those who see the world in a different way! From works of fiction featuring blind characters to true tales from those without eyesight, click on the images below to put these books on hold.
Louis Braille, blinded by a combination of accident and infection in childhood, developed a system of raised dots that can be read by touch. Named after him, braille is not a language, but rather a code by which many languages can be read. This code was developed from Charles Barbier's system, called "Night Writing", that allowed soldiers to communicate silently in the dark. Only a few books were translated into braille before Louis' death in 1852, but today braille is used widely.
 
However, a 2009 report by the National Federation of the Blind revealed that braille literacy among the nearly 1.3 million Americans who are blind has declined dramatically. In the 1950s, 50% of students who were blind or visually impaired learned braille. Today, only 10% of students are being taught this important skill. Several factors are cited for this decline, including a shortage of teachers, the higher costs of producing braille texts, and increased reliance on text-to-speech technology.

Despite the helpful developments in technology, braille remains valuable to many, and would prove valuable to many more if made available with better funding and schooling opportunities. Literacy of all types is something to celebrate, share, and support!

Click on the covers for all-ages books about Louis Braille, and people living without visual sight in a sight-based world.
Audiobooks open up stories to so many people! From those with no or limited sight, to children too young to read, to those with reading disabilities! Many of our patrons love putting in Audiobooks for long car rides. Here are some new releases to enjoy.

Samantha recommends "Fable" by Adrienne Young. Dive into a world made dangerous by the sea, made even more dangerous by those seeking their fortune from it, and in a world built for men. Struggle along with a young girl fighting to find her place in it. Adventure, intrigue, and romance all swirl together in this unforgettable tale!
Vision loss is not an uncommon problem. Even if one can still see, reading regular print can be impossible or strain the eyes. Both audiobooks and large print books are popular with many of our patrons for this reason.
Texas Talking Book Program
Free audiobooks sent straight to your door!

Large Print
Your favorite authors, but easier to read!

Audiobooks
Available both at the library and online!

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