This Blind Week I am responding to a 7 day challenge put out by the Blind Foundation in conjunction with an organised event where 7 blind people are challenging themselves over 700 km for 7 days!



However, I am doing a different kind of challenge. After becoming partially sighted at the age of 18, I have not been able to read aloud for over 30 years. Until now……

I learned braille as a 35 year adult but while I found writing braille relatively easy, reading it with my fingers was a whole different story.

I am collaborating with Dunedin Public Library all next week where I will be reading at least one children’s book a day for 7 days at all libraries around the region.

I’ve been practising my reading for 30 minutes every day for the past year to improve my reading speed. and Just for fun, we are going to make blanket huts and crawl into them and I’ll read the kids a story. Just like we used to do when we were little!

Here’s where you will find me in my pyjamas, reading aloud around Dunedin in Blind Week, 2 – 8 October!

Sunday 2 October at 11.30am: City Library, Storypit


Monday 3October at 3pm: Blueskin Bay Library

Tuesday 4 October at 11am: Mosgiel Library

Wednesday 5 October 3 pm – Pop up Braille blanket hut! Surprise!

Thursday 6October at 3.30pm: Port Chalmers Library

Friday 7October at 3pm: Waikouaiti Library

Saturday 8October at 2pm: City Library, Storypit

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If you want to contact Dunedin Public Library you can do so through

Kay Mercer
Events Coordinator, Dunedin Public Libraries
Direct Dial: 03 474 3419

Email: kay.mercer

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