National Braille Press (NBP) announced today that they will be offering free tours of the NBP facility during April School Vacation Week for families and others on April 22, April 23 and April 24.from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The tours will begin with a screening of the award winning television program “Curiosity Quest, Braille (How to Make A Book),” which gives viewers a preview of how braille books are made. National Braille Press is opening its doors to show that braille production is a fascinating process, and the best way to learn about it is by experiencing it firsthand.
“Braille production of books and other educational materials is a crucial part of our mission to expand access to literacy,” said Brian Mac Donald, President of National Braille Press. “During school vacation week many parents are looking for stimulating educational activities to keep their kids engaged. Touring National Braille Press is a great way to teach kids about braille literacy and the production of braille books.”
The tour of the National Braille Press facility will include viewing the braille production, from the beginning stages of transcribing a book into braille code, to embossing and pressing braille code onto paper, and through the final stages of collating the book. Guests will experience a guided tour of the facility with a member of the NBP staff who will explain each step of the process. National Braille Press has been printing braille materials at their headquarters at 88 St. Stephens Street, in the Fenway area of Boston, since 1947, and has been in existence for 87 years. For more information, and to sign up for a tour, please visit the NBP website here.
ABOUT NATIONAL BRAILLE PRESS
A non-profit braille publisher, National Braille Press promotes literacy for blind children through outreach programs and provides access to information by producing information in braille for blind children and adults. National Braille Press is the premier braille publisher in the US that specializes in producing original braille works written by blind authors expressly for blind people. www.nbp.org