[nFBMI-Talk] Fw: Re: RE: MiPOBC Braille Class

Martha Moore marthaamoore at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 25 16:28:53 UTC 2018

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If your schedules will allow, please plan on attending and providing support for the MiPOBC Braille Class. Martha Moore, MPA, DTMEmbrace Today and be a Change Agent

     On Saturday, February 17, 2018 6:05 PM, Haley Dare <haley.dare at yahoo.com> wrote:

  Hi Martha and Derek,
Below is the message that confirms plans for the braille class at the Portage District Library.  The address for the library is 300 Library Lane, Portage 49002.  The telephone number is 269-329-4544 just in case anyone needs it.
It was a good meeting today; I look forward to seeing how this picnic idea comes together!  Oh, and I posted the new DJ business on our MiPOBC Facebook page.  Thank you!
Haley M DarePresident, MiPOBC and Coordinator, MI BELL AcademyNFB of Michigan

   ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Haley Dare <haley.dare at yahoo.com>To: Laura Wright <LWright at portagelibrary.info>Sent: ‎Thursday‎, ‎December‎ ‎28‎, ‎2017‎ ‎02‎:‎29‎:‎35‎ ‎PM‎ ‎ESTSubject: Re: RE: MiPOBC Braille Class
  Good afternoon, Laura,
I'm delighted to receive notice that the PDL wishes to move forward with this event.  The MiPOBC is so excited to chat with kids and their families about braille!
May 4th is a fine date, and I believe that the times that you have chosen are perfect, too.  Please use this blurb to advertise the event:
"The MiPOBC and the W/SW Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan is hosting a braille class on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 1-3:30p for kids and their families at the Portage District Library!  Come meet a few blind persons and try out the tools of blindness, including a braillewriter, a slate/stylus, and a long, white cane.  Learn about Louis Braille, find out how to braille and write the dots that make up your name and check out braille books. We will also have literature available and each child will go home with a braille bookmark and their name in braille on a piece of labeltape that they can stick anywhere!  Come have some nonvisual fun with our members!"
"The MiPOBC (the Michigan Parents of Blind Children) is a division of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan.  With love, hope, and determination, we are working to make MiPOBC a presence in the state of Michigan that families can count on for information and resources that can best benefit their blind/VI children to help them live the lives they want.  We believe strongly in connecting families to other families to foster friendships, connecting blind/VI kids to programs that help them build self-confidence and strong self-advocacy skills, and connecting parents to resources that can support and encourage them to help their children realize that it is not blindness that holds them back."

Hope that isn't too wordy!  We appreciate the work that the library will do in advance to promote this event.  Your participation helps the NFB of Michigan and the MiPOBC eliminate fear, raise expectations for blind/VI children and adults and promote equality; thank you so much for that!
Please feel free to contact me at 269-779-2216 if you have any questions.  I'll be in touch again once spring arrives.
Haley M Dare, PresidentMiPOBC and Coordinator, MI BELL Academy
NFB of Michigan
    On ‎Thursday‎, ‎December‎ ‎21‎, ‎2017‎ ‎08‎:‎39‎:‎28‎ ‎PM‎ ‎EST, Laura Wright <LWright at portagelibrary.info> wrote:  
 Dear Haley,    We are excited about this event as well!  I have you tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 4th from 1PM-3:30PM.  Since school gets out at 12:00, this should give people a chance to get some lunch and then head over.  I would prefer to encourage drop-ins – that seems to be what people want to do on ½ days, as opposed to an organized presentation.  This format also allows for more specific questions and discussion.  If this sounds good to you, please send me a short description of what you would like to do and the age group you would like to target, and I’ll publish the event on our calendar.    Laura Wright Head of Youth Services Portage District Library 300 Library Lane Portage, MI  49002 269/585-8723 www.portagelibrary.info          From: Andrea Smalley
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2017 12:57 PM
To: 'Haley Dare'
Cc: Laura Wright
Subject: RE: MiPOBC Braille Class    Hi Haley,    Thank you for the email. We had originally discussed holding the Braille event over the winter, but as we did our scheduling the May date seemed the best fit. I’m afraid that I misunderstood the optimal date range for you, and I apologize. We can certainly do May as mentioned in the last email. However, our head of Youth Services, Laura Wright (who is cc’d on this email) is initiating a series of “Local Expert” events over the coming months and would be very interested in having you and your class as one of the highlights of the series. I believe that we may be able to do it on a half or no school day in January for Braille Literacy Month. I would suggest that the two of you talk about this if you prefer a winter option, as Laura has the power to make it happen. We are all looking forward to having your presentation at PDL, so please let us know how we can best make that happen. Again, I apologize for any confusion.    Thanks so much!    Andrea Smalley Youth Services Librarian Portage District Library www.portagelibrary.info (269) 585-8724    From: Haley Dare [mailto:haley.dare at yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2017 9:57 AM
To: Andrea Smalley
Subject: MiPOBC Braille Class    Good morning, Andrea,    I apologize that I have not responded to your last email sooner...I lost it somehow, but the braille class remained on my mind.    I'm surprised that we were not able to host a class during the winter, as I was under the impression that that was the original thought.  I think that your suggestion of hosting the class on a half-day of school is wise; it allows time to our members to arrange travel to/from the library and allow us the best chance to meet with our target audience, the families!    Earlier, was the proposed date Friday, May 4th?  I would like to accept this date.  What time would be best?  We may need 2 to 2-1/2 hours, depending upon interest, to make a quick presentation and then it can be drop-in for the families to try things out.    If you would, please confirm with me the date/time.  I am looking forward to this event!  Enjoy the rest of your day.    Haley M Dare President, MiPOBC and Coordinator, MI BELL Academy NFB of Michigan     

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