Winter Reading: Celebrate World Braille Day

Holiday cookie coloring page background. Text: Winter Reading - San Jose Public Library.We have entered the final week of SJPL’s Winter Reading challenge! As the days slowly and steadily lengthen, this fun San Jose Public Library (SJPL) program is your way to start off the New Year on the right track. Sign up for Winter Reading today (if you haven’t already) and simply log four total books or four total hours of reading anytime before January 7, 2024 for a chance to win a special grand prize. All winners will be notified between January 8-12. Read short books, long books, comic books, eBooks, audiobooks… it all counts!

Grand prizes are not all that is available during Winter Reading:

  • Adults who register can still collect a FREE SJPL-branded tote bag just for signing up. Pick up at ANY SJPL location during open hours.
  • Youth who register can still collect one (1) FREE book just for signing up. Pick up at ANY SJPL location during open hours.
    • Youth who signed up for Winter Reading as part of a school class or book club group can go to any SJPL location and collect one free book as well.
  • Play BINGO! Youth (ages 0-18) who complete at least one row of fun BINGO activities and turn in the sheet (in person) at any branch library can claim a 2nd free giveaway prize. Pick up a BINGO activity sheet at any SJPL location or print from home.
  • Read to Raise! Join San José Public Library Foundation's fundraiser! Make a direct donation or have your friends and/or family sponsor your reading by sharing your donation page. All funds raised support SJPL reading programs in 2024. Those who donate or raise at least $100 in this fundraiser will be eligible to WIN a $50 gift card grand prize!

World Braille Day

This year, our Winter Reading program has luckily coincided with World Braille Day. Celebrated since 2019, every January World Braille Day recognizes the significance of braille as a form of communication, along with the need for human rights among the blind and visually impaired. Very recently, SJPL began offering our own unique Braille Collection which includes nearly 150 children’s titles across the system. Visit our website and/or contact your local SJPL branch location, and get that tactile feel of a Braille book in your very own hands!

Braille Titles for Youth

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

“Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.”

The Napping House by Audrey Wood.

“In this fun cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, all with just one bite.”

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel.

“Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends.”

Black Women in Science by Kimberly Brown Pellum.

“Black Women in Science brings something special to black history books for kids, celebrating incredible black women in STEM who have used their brains, bravery, and ambition to beat the odds.”

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

“Sam-I-Am mounts a determined campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham.”

by H.A. Rey.

“Curious George's antics illustrate counting from one to ten, then backwards from ten to one.”

Scat, Cat! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli.

“A lost and lonely cat finally finds its way back home."

Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison.

“From Ella Fitzgerald and Oprah Winfrey to Katherine Johnson and Maya Angelou, with these extraordinary role models, your little leader will go to sleep inspired."

My Animals; Mis Animales by Rebecca Emberley.

“This illustrated book for children introduces words in English and Spanish for several animals.”

“It's never too early to introduce your child to the people you admire--such as Malala Yousafzai, the activist for girls' education and Nobel Peace Prize winner!”