Duration: 1st January – 31st January 2021
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
January 2021 Scavenger – Braille
Timeframe: 1/1/21 to 1/31/21
The information here was found at www.brailleworks.com/braille-resource…
January is Braille Literacy Month, in memory of Louis Braille who was born on January 4th, 1809. We now celebrate National World Braille Day on January 4th in honor of his legacy. People who are blind can enjoy all the printed word has to offer just like everyone else. The effect is tremendously empowering and helps them achieve success in school and their careers.
1. Braille is a system of touch reading and writing for blind persons in which raised dots represent the letters of the alphabet. It also contains equivalents for punctuation marks and provides symbols to show letter groupings.
☀ Read a book with a character who has a disability (tell us who and what their disability is) – or – a book with any type of punctuation in the title. – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
2. Braille is read by moving the hand from left to right along each line. The reading process usually involves both hands, and the index fingers generally do the reading. The average reading speed is about 125 words per minute. But, greater speeds of up to 200 words per minute are possible.
☀ Read a book with
a hand or hands on the cover (show us the cover) – or – a book that is 125 to 200 pages long (you may use a book that is less than 150 pages for this task, in this challenge only). – Rolling with the Punchlines by Urzila Carlson
3. Braille gives blind individuals access to a wide range of reading materials including recreational and educational reading, financial statements and restaurant menus. Equally important are contracts, regulations, insurance policies, directories, and cookbooks that are all part of daily adult life. Through braille, people who are blind can also pursue hobbies and cultural enrichment with materials such as music scores, hymnals, playing cards, and board games.
☀ Read a book in which a person reads a book (tell us the sentence/location where this is found) – or – a book in which a character has a hobby (tell us what). – Beautiful Beast by E.J. Hill (Arawn reads often throughout, Kalista loves the piano and gardening)
4. Various other methods had been attempted over the years to enable reading for the blind. However, many of them were raised versions of print letters. It is generally accepted that the braille system has succeeded because it is based on a rational sequence of signs devised for the fingertips, rather than imitating signs devised for the eyes.
☀ Read a book with the title AND author written in block letters (show us the cover) – or – a book with eyes on the cover (show us the cover). – Kiss of Heat by Lora Leigh
Examples of block lettering:
5. In the early 1800’s, a man named Charles Barbier, who served in Napoleon Bonaparte’s French army, developed a unique system known as night writing so soldiers could communicate safely after dark. As a military veteran, Barbier saw several soldiers killed because they used lamps to read combat messages. As a result of the light shining from the lamps, enemy combatants knew where the French soldiers were, and this inevitably led to the loss of many men.
☀ Read a book with a military character (any country, any year, but it must be active duty, not a veteran)
– or – a book with a dark cover (show us the cover). – The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
6. Louis Braille lost his sight at a very young age after he accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with his father’s awl. (Braille’s father was a leather-worker and poked holes in the leather goods he produced with the awl.) At eleven years old, Braille found inspiration to modify Charles Barbier’s night-writing code in an effort to create an efficient written communication system for fellow blind individuals. He spent the better part of the next nine years developing and refining the system of raised dots that has come to be known by his name.
☀ Read a book whose title begins with a letter in BRAILLE (disregard A, An, The) – or – a book marked YOUNG ADULT on its main genre page (tell us how many readers tagged it as Young Adult). – The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
7. Braille’s code is based on cells with only 6 dots instead of Barbier’s 12. This crucial improvement meant that a fingertip could encompass the entire cell unit with one impression and move rapidly from one cell to the next. Over time, braille gradually came to be accepted throughout the world as the fundamental form of written communication for blind individuals. Today it remains basically as he invented it. However, there have been some small modifications to the system, particularly the addition of contractions representing groups of letters or whole words that appear frequently in a language. The use of contractions permits faster braille reading. It also helps reduce the size of braille books, making them much less cumbersome.
☀ Read a book that is Series #6 or #12 (tell us the series) – or – a book whose title contains a contraction. – This may help: What is a contraction?
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♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link here for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged 🙂 Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not simply skim through it.
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* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here:
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