Braille Book Fair

An annual event at the NFB Convention, the NOPBC Braille Book Fair is a  unique opportunity allows you to browse through over 200 boxes of Braille books for free (donations accepted).

The 2017 Braille Book Fair will be July 12, 2017 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando Florida.

President Riccobono at the braille book fair with a child and his father looking at books books at the braille book fair people exploring the books at the braille book fair.

 To Donate Books:

Braille Book Fair 2017

Calling all Braille readers, teachers, and parents!       

It’s that time again: Time to sort through all those boxes of Braille books and donate those gently used but no longer needed Braille books to the 2017 Braille Book Fair sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Our primary goal is to get more Braille books into the hands of children, youth, and beginning adult readers, so here’s what we need most:

  • books in good condition
  •  leisure reading (fiction or nonfiction) books
  •  cookbooks and POETRY

Children are so hungry for their very own books that every year, despite generous donations of books, most of

our books for young children are gone in less than an hour.  So, begin your search through the boxes in your

basement and spare room and get those books shipped to:

2017 Braille Book Fair

National Federation of the Blind

200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place

Baltimore, MD 21230

Please note that you are shipping the books FREE MATTER FOR THE BLIND -You do not need to pay shipping cost for braille items.


From: Krystal, Coordinator, 2017 Braille Book Fair
To:  Supporters and past workers at the Braille Book Fair

Re:  Volunteer workers 
Where: NFB Convention, Orlando  FL
When:  Wednesday, July 12th 
Times:  9 am through 8:30 pm (prefer 2 hour time shifts)
Room location:  TBD Rosen Hotel

When you reply to this message, please provide the following information:

  • YES...I can work the following shift(s)
    • My cell phone number that I will have at convention is:
    • I live in (state)
  •  MAYBE.....I'll check my schedule.  If possible, my preference is to work these hours 
  • Braille skills (including if you read by touch or by sight as a sighted person)

Note:  If you are a parent of a blind child under the age 18 (or still in high school or below), we know that you will want to attend the NOPBC Annual Meeting which takes place just before the BBF, but we would welcome you to work either during the event or on the clean-up shift after the event.

The Braille Book Fair has become one of the highlights of the convention for many teachers, parents, blind kids, blind parents, and adult beginning Braille readers.  But the event could not take place without the help of many dedicated, talented volunteers.  And that's where you come in.  As a past worker, or simply interested supporter of the Braille Book Fair, I hope you can either volunteer, or give me the contact information for someone that you recommend.

You do not need to work the entire afternoon or evening, but I do ask that you try to work an entire shift.  We especially need for people who help customers to come BEFORE we open the doors at 5:00 pm and to commit to staying until at least 6:30 pm. Book lovers are great for this shift, as you will assist visitors in book decisions/selections.

Thanks so much for taking time to consider this request, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you can help, please contact Sandra Oliver, NOPBC Board Member at 713.825-4573 or