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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. 

Bear Lake Camp Sessions
Posted 3/20/2015
Bear Lake Camp offers two separate one week sessions for blind and visually impaired youth.  The sessions are developed and coordinated by a teacher of the blind and visually impaired.  It focuses on having fun while developing self-concepts, relationship learning, independence with daily living skills and acquiring outdoor skills. If interested in learning more about this opportunity, consider attending the informational Open House on June 28, 2015 from 12:00- 3:00 p.m., or visit the Bear Lake website to register now!

Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO)
Posted 2/19/2015
MDE-LIO provides educational materials, supports, and services to families, local school districts, and intermediate school districts to support students who are blind/visually impaired (BVI) and students who are Deaf/hard of hearing (DHH). They are proud to announce their new website!  You can check out the MDE-LIO website at

MSU's Project Venture
Posted 2/4/2015
Michigan State University is proud to present a transition program for college-bound high school students with disabilities. The Project Venture program invites students ages 16-18 to join us for a unique on-campus pre-college experience. Venture offers students the chance to “try on” university life through an interactive experience at MSU. This experience will benefit students with various disabilities (learning disabilities, blindness/visual impairment, chronic health conditions, mobility, autism spectrum, deaf/hard of hearing, mental health conditions, etc.), and those planning on attending a 2 or 4 year college. Learn more and apply now at!

Michigan Braille Challenge
Posted 12/17/2014
The event will be held on February 28, 2015 in Waterford, MI from 8:30 am-12 pm.
The Michigan Department of Education-Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) in partnership with Oakland Schools is pleased to announce the Michigan Braille Challenge on February 28, 2015. The Braille Challenge is a two-stage contest that is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with fun-filled, but challenging, local and national events. Any visually impaired student who reads braille is eligible to participate. For more information please contact Johanna Anand at MDE-LIO:, or visit the MDE-LIO website.

Winter Holiday Booklist
Posted 12/10/2014
View this Holiday booklist to help you find your next winter holiday themed book. Call the library to order, or download yourself by clicking on the BARD link within the document.

Lions of Michigan White Cane Scholarships
Posted 12/09/2014
Each year the White Cane Committee awards three $3,000 scholarships to visually impaired individuals. The committee reviews applications and selects winners in January.  Scholarship checks are presented during the Michigan Lions Forum in February or March. Visit the Lions of Michigan website to view the scholarship criteria.

Thanksgiving Booklist
Posted 11/19/2014
View this Thanksgiving booklist to help you find your next holiday themed book! Call the library to order, or download yourself by clicking on the BARD link within the document. Books have been separated by grade level for ease of selection.

National Federation of the Blind 2015 Scholarship Program
Posted 11/12/2014
Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2015, up through grad students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. Visit the NFB website for more information on this scholarship program.

Letters About Literature
Posted 10/29/2014
The Library of Michigan is announcing the 2015 Letters about Literature program. They are the Michigan host for this national program from the Library of Congress. It is reading-writing contest that invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors of books that have changed their lives. This program gives students the opportunity to reflect deeply on a book. Children and teens can participate on their own or as part of a library or class project. 
For more information about this program, visit the Library of Michigan youth services page.

Sheryl Anderson Gordon Foundation Educational Scholarship
Posted 10/29/2014
Educational Criteria: Applicant must be enrolled as a full time student (12 credit hours or more). Applicants must meet the following Vision Loss Criteria:
20/70 or less, central vision, best corrected, in better eye, and/or 20 degree peripheral field or less in better eye or 20/40 or less, best corrected, in better eye, and associated field loss with a prognosis of further vision loss secondary to underlying disease process.
View this scholarship form for complete eligibility criteria.