Youth @ BTBL
Welcome! This is a resource for youth to view news pertaining directly to them. Review book lists, read news stories, learn about scholarships, and more.
Registration Now Open for OUB Camps
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind is offering multiple summer camps for kids in 2017 including, Service Leadership, Cookin’ and Jammin’ Camp, Elementary Camp, and the OUB Adventure Trip to Indiana and Kentucky. Registration is only $25 per family – there are no other fees to attend! For more information visit www.oubmichigan.org.
NFB Youth Slam
One hundred blind and low vision students from across the country will be selected to attend this weeklong adventure at Towson University in Maryland from July 23 to 29, 2017. The National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Youth Slam will engage, inspire, and encourage you-the next generation of blind scientists, engineers, programmers, and mathematicians-to consider STEM careers. Students who are US citizens and currently in grades 9-12 are invited to apply by May 7, 2017. For more information about the NFB Youth Slam, please visit http://blindscience.org/nfb-youth-slam. If you have additional questions, contact NFB at 410-659-9314, extension 2418, or email STEM@nfb.org.
Braille Letters to Santa!
The National Federation of the Blind is partnering with Santa to promote braille literacy! Between November 14 and December 16, parents of children under the age of ten can visit http://www.nfb.org and fill out a Santa Braille Letter request form. The form can also be printed and faxed to 410-685-2340. Beginning November 28, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to blind boys and girls across the country. The Braille letter will also be accompanied by a print copy for mom and dad to read and some other fun Christmastime activities.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, every visually-impaired child in Michigan can get 1 free book (braille or print-and-braille) from Seedlings for the holidays! Register online or by calling 800-777-8552. You must register by 11/22/2016!
Attention College Bound High Schoolers
In October 2016, The Light House Guild introduced a free telephone support group for college bound high school juniors and seniors from around the country who are blind and visually impaired. There is still time to join! You will have the opportunity to talk about common social, emotional, academic, and practical concerns connected with being at college and having a vision impairment.
Groups will be led by Daria Zawadzki, JD, LMSW, a licensed social worker. Groups meet on a weekly basis by phone, for 60 to 90 minutes. The groups will run from October 2016 to June 2017. Groups will be small and everyone will have the opportunity to take part. For more information visit www.lighthouseguild.org or call 800-562-6265.
Letters About Literature
The Library of Michigan is announcing the 2017 Letters About Literature program. This national program through the Library of Congress is a reading-writing contest that invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors of books that have changed their lives. Letters from students in grades 9-12 have a deadline of December 2, 2016, and students in grades 4-8 have a deadline of January 9, 2017. You can find more information at www.michigan.gov/youthlibraryservices.
Tips for Writing Term Papers
The American Federation for the Blind (AFB) recently published an article on writing term papers for high school and college students that are blind. Read the article, written by JJ Meddaugh in July of 2016.
Summer Reading Comes to an End
Summer Reading 2016 officially ends tomorrow, August 19th. Winners for the challenges will be announced in the Fall newsletter. Thank you to everyone that participated, and we hope you had fun!
Win BIG with Summer Reading!
The third summer reading packets were sent out and you can expect Olympic-sized fun to be included! Don't forget that you can return multiple Bingo Reading Challenge cards for more chances to enter to win a $25 gift card! Also, don't forget about the Summer Reading Event on August 18th from 1-3 in the BTBL Lobby. RSVP to save a seat!
Just Keep Reading!
The second summer reading packets were mailed out to everyone this morning!! There will be a couple of surprises inside so keep an eye on the mailbox! Included in the packet will be a Kids' Yoga Pose activity for participants to try out at home. Remember, this year summer reading is all about wellness and fitness so try something new and get active! Included below are also the links to websites that have other book programs going on right now. Visit those links for more information. On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
Let Summer Reading Begin!
Starting Monday, July 11th, BTBL Summer Reading officially begins! All participants signed up for the program will receive their first packet in the mail next week. This will have instructions on the challenges and a few prizes to keep! All the information sent in the mail is also available below for those that prefer electronic format. If you prefer braille, please call or email the Youth Librarian.
On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! - BTBL Summer Reading Program
Posted 5/3/2016, Updated 5/27/2016
Registration is now open for the BTBL 2016 Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is Wellness, Fitness, Sports. The program runs from July 11- August 19 and is open to patrons 0-18 years old. As always, the program is done completely through the mail so kids all across Michigan can participate. Contact Youth Librarian, Stephanie Wambaugh, at 800-992-9012 or email@example.com to register today!
Also, please save the date for our first ever Summer Reading Event to be held on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 from 1-3pm in the BTBL lobby. Patrons of all ages are welcomed to bring family and friends to this Sports themed event! More details to follow.
Seedlings Super Spring Giveaway
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is offering a Super Spring Giveaway program through June 7! Buy two or more books and get one book - any book of your choice - for free! For details on how to order your free book, go to http://www.seedlings.org/special.php
VI Sports Day
16th Annual Visually Impaired Sports Day will be held on June 11, 2016 at Wealthy Elementary School, 1961 Lake Drive in East Grand Rapids from 8:30 to 2 PM. To register online, go to www.helendevoschildrens.org/ophthalmology. For more information, contact Dr. Droste at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-957-0866.
FREE Seedlings Braille Books for Teachers
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is offering $100 worth of free books to each of 100 Certified Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments in Michigan thanks to a grant from the Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund! April 30 is the deadline for all orders. Order online at www.seedlings.org or call 800-777-8552. Use APR16 as your Purchase Order number and you will not be charged for these free books.
Transitional Age Youth Programs
World Services for the Blind continues to expand its services to include young people who are blind or visually impaired. Current programs include College Prep, ACT Prep and the Essential Workplace Skills Series. For more information or to begin the application process, please contact Rebecca Reid, director of recruiting and retention, at email@example.com or call 800-248-0734.
Paths to Technology
Perkins School for the Blind announced the Paths to Technology website designed to assist educators and families in learning and staying current on ever-changing technology for students with visual impairments and blindness. This website has a student page where kids can get involved. Join the conversation by visiting the website!
SENSEsational Alphabet book available through Seedlings!
These interactive ABC picture books allow blind and sighted family members to learn the alphabet and beginning words in sign language and uncontracted braille together! The book incorporates visual stimuli, movement, touch, smell and sound. To order a book or check out other promotions through Seedlings, visit their website at www.seedlings.org.
Resources for College Bound Students
Posted 2/9/2016, updated 3/4/2016
Helpful resources for soon-to-be college students:
Organizations with Scholarship Opportunities: