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Main Library to Host 2018 Florida Regional Braille Challenge

Students Celebrate 11th Year of Competitions and Activities

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 16, 2018 – The Jacksonville Public Library is pleased to host the North Florida Regional Braille Challenge for a fourth consecutive year. Schools in Duval, St. Johns and Clay counties will send more than 40 students in kindergarten through high school to compete. The Main Library is one of four regional Florida hosts for the 2018 competition, which is themed “Louis and the Braille Factory,” a nod to the man who invented braille, a system of raised dots that enables blind people and those who are visually impaired to read and write.

The event is not open to the public. Media are welcome to attend during open activities listed below:

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

8 a.m. – Registration, morning refreshments, activities

10 a.m. – Opening ceremony

10:30 a.m. – Pre-braille activities for youngest students in Children’s Department

10:30 a.m. – Testing session begins (Media welcome until 10:50 a.m.)

10:50 a.m. – Testing underway (closed to observers)

Noon – Lunch

1:15 p.m. – Testing resumes (closed to observers)

2:45 p.m. – Afternoon break and refreshments

3 p.m. – Drum Circle entertainment

4 p.m. – Award ceremony


WHERE: Main Library, Conference Center Level

              303 Laura St. N. – 32202

If you are interested in attending the Braille Challenge, please contact Chris Boivin or Olga Bayer to assist with arranging information meetings with students or contest coordinators.

The Challenge categories include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs. Regional students who score among the top 60 participants nationally are invited to the Braille Institute in Los Angeles for a final competition. For additional information, please visit FIMC-VI or refer to the attached media information sheet.

About the Braille Challenge

The Braille Challenge is a national program of the Braille Institute hosted by regional schools and agencies that serve blind and visually impaired children. It is the only national braille literacy competition of its kind in the country, and is specifically designed to challenge and reward blind students for their study of braille, which is essential to their future academic and employment success. Contact Sue Glaser at for information about the Braille Challenge.

Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its services accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call 630-1999 at least 72 hours prior to the event. 

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.1 million times, and over 14,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jacksonville Public Library