Bishop Kenny students Rachel Skyles class of ’19, and Emily Skyles, class of ’22 are sisters who have donated many volunteer hours to the Lutheran Library for the Blind. The goal of those associated with the library is to minister the word of God to those who are blind or visually impaired.
The process begins with a team of six or more volunteers who work together to print and bind the books. Their particular work center prints the book of Jeremiah and the book of Lamentations. Using special paper that is pre-numbered and hole punched, the girls feed the sheets through two metal plates that imprint the scripture in Braille. The pages are then collated, a binder ring is added, and the book is complete. The finished books are then distributed to people who are either blind or vision-impaired so that they can read the word of God.
Emily and Rachel have helped with every stage of making and distributing these important Braille books. They enjoy spending their volunteer time providing this service and working with their grandparents who also work at the library. This is a very unique ministry in Jacksonville and a gift of love that Emily and Rachel are proud to be affiliated with.
The current facility located at Holy Cross Lutheran Church has 6,500 Braille and audio books. A recent donation of 2,000 books from a Braille Library in Bunnell, Florida will increase the library’s collection significantly. Other volunteers work to convert books into digital and audio formats that are sent all over the world to any churches or people who request them. The library is relocating to Regency Mall due to the need for increased space.