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January 23, 2004

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne to Visit Braille and Talking Book Library in Daytona
Horne to encourage reading and recognize January as National Braille Literacy Month

DAYTONA BEACH — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today will visit the Braille and Talking Book Library in Daytona Beach. He will deliver a proclamation from Governor Jeb Bush recognizing January as National Braille Literacy Month. Commissioner Horne will urge the attendees to promote literacy by making reading a part of everyday life for all Floridians, including the visually impaired.

The visit will take place at:

12:00 p.m.
Friday, January 23, 2004
Braille and Talking Book Library
420 Platt Street
Daytona Beach, FL

Commissioner Horne will encourage the Daytona Beach community to participate in a program referred to as One Book, One Community in many parts of the country. Through his Just Read, Florida! initiative Governor Bush asked local leaders to pick out a book for the entire community to read. The Daytona Beach area has two books to choose from:

  • Central Florida Reads, a program based in the Orlando area, is encouraging all Central Floridians (from Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties) to read A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith. The book is Florida Historical fiction and a bestselling novel, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received the Florida Historical Society's 1986 Tebeau Prize as the Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel.

  • In neighboring Ormond Beach, the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ormond Beach have selected The Mystery at Hotel Ormond, by local author Marian Strong Tomblin. It is the tale of a 14 year-old heroine's efforts to solve a family mystery, infused with an appreciation for local history.

The Division of Blind Services at the Florida Department of Education will make sure both books are available at the Braille and Talking Book Library, so that those who visit can participate and continue to make literacy a priority for all Floridians.