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This month, BCLS is proud to recognize National Braille Literacy Month and do our part to raise awareness about the importance of braille to the blind and visually impaired community.

The United Nations officially recognized World Braille Day on Jan. 4. The day was chosen because it marks the birthday of Louis Braille, the creator of braille. Blinded at the age of 3, Louis Braille invented the reading and writing system composed of six dots in 1824 at just 15 years old. Growing up, he had learned how to read using Valentin Haüy's system. However, the problem with Haüy's system is that it was so complicated to produce, visually impaired people could only read it and not easily write it. Louis Braille proved that young people have the ability to enhance existing systems and drastically improve people's lives. 

BCLS offers a small collection of braille books. Those who need access to a wide array of titles can also apply for the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center's no-cost, home-delivered accessible reading services. Materials like audiobooks, braille, and large print books are sent right to you. The NJ Library TBBC actually has the largest collection of large print books for children and teens in the state of New Jersey!

To learn more about braille and its inventor, check out the books below.