They say a picture is worth a thousand words… but what if you couldn’t see it?

Science Discovery currently partners with CU’s Department of Computer Science and School of Education, as well as numerous public libraries and the Colorado Center for the Blind, to connect youth and community MakerSpaces with CU Boulder’s Tactile Picture Books Project. Through this ‘Build a Better Book’ initiative, middle and high school youth develop technology skills as they design and create accessible, multi-modal picture books that you can see, touch and hear!

The Build a Better Book team currently offers after-school, weekend and summer workshops focused on different Maker technologies, including paper engineering, 3D design and printing, and circuitry and sound, all designed to create interactive books for children who are visually impaired or have other learning abilities. Workshops are designed for youth ages 11-20, and we welcome the participation of local Makers and other STEM professionals.

Current library partners include:


Upcoming Events:

Build a Better Book Summer Camps at CU Science Discovery
Science Learning Lab, CU East Campus, Boulder, CO

Join artists and engineers as we work with art, children’s literature and technology to ‘build a better book.’ We’ll use a variety of different technologies, including craft cutters, 3D printers and Makey Makeys, as we work to create audio and tactile enhancements for children’s picture books. We’ll learn the basics of 2D design and 3D-modeling as we design pop-up book pages and 3D-printed elements. We’ll explore simple machines and engineer moving sculptures in order to add interactive moving parts that help tell a story. Using circuits, we’ll incorporate sound into books, in order to engage young readers who might not be able to see.

June 5-9
July 31- Aug 4


Build a Better Book STEM Workshops
Discovery Lab, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, Broomfield, CO

Learn how to design and create picture books that tell stories you can see, hear, touch, and feel. In this multi-class workshop, you will learn how to use Maker technologies such as craft cutters, 3D printers, Tinkercad, and Makey Makeys to create interactive books and items for your library that all children can enjoy!

June 6 – 29 (Tues & Thur afternoons, 2-4 pm)
July 6 – Aug 1 (Tues & Thur afternoons, 2-4 pm)


Build a Better Book Design Internship
BLDG 61 Maker Space, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO

• July 31 – Aug 4 (More information coming soon!)


For current information about the Build a Better Book programs, visit our community webpage or find us on Facebook or Twitter (@tactilebooks; #BuildaBetterBook).

If you or your school or library are interested in working with the Build a Better Book initiative, please contact Stacey Forsyth by email.

The Build a Better Book project is funded by a National Science Foundation ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) award (#1615247).