SF public library hosting braille exhibit

March 7, 2009 2:58:27 PM PST
The San Francisco Public Library is hosting a traveling exhibit that opens Saturday and celebrates the life of Louis Braille, whose invention enabled the blind to be able to read and write.

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The exhibition from the National Braille Press is part of a celebration of the 200th year since Braille was born.

Braille was born in France in 1809, and lost his vision while just a 3-year-old. When he was only 15 years old, Braille invented the system of reading and writing by using raised dots, which created a means of literacy for blind people that remains in use today.

The exhibition includes images, along with print and braille text, which highlight Braille's life, the braille production process, and why the system remains relevant today.

The exhibition is sponsored by Access Services and supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The exhibition opens Saturday on the Main Library's Larkin Street Bridge, on the second floor near the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, at 100 Larkin St.

The library will also host two programs about Braille on different Saturdays in March.

"Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius" will take place on March 14 at 2 p.m. and will feature author C. Michael Mellor reading and discussing his fully-illustrated biography that includes Braille's extant letters.

On March 28 at 10:30 a.m., a program titled "Braille - Past, Present and Future" will feature four local experts talking about why braille is an essential tool with an exciting future.

Both programs will take place on the lower level of the library in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room.

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