Perkins Library isn't just for adults. PerKIDS can help get your children excited about reading through fun activities, seasonal programming and accessible games. Contact the children's librarian by calling 617-972-7242 or 1-800-852-3133 or emailing Library@Perkins.org.
The activities and contests listed below are not all programs of the Perkins Library, but have been gathered together here as a service. For questions about any items listed, click on the link provided for more details.
Summer Reading Program
The Perkins Library is excited to announce this year’s summer reading program, Libraries Rock! Our summer of fun, reading, and prizes will start June 11 and the excitement will continue until August 31.
To register, you can visit our summer reading website, call us at the library, or complete and return this form. Track your progress on the summer reading webpage, or contact us by mail, email, or phone to keep a record of how many minutes you’ve read.
Any books you want to read, in whatever way you want to read them, will count toward your minutes and will help you earn prizes – and if you read 720 minutes (and for every 90 minutes after), you’ll be entered into a drawing for our grand prize! If you need some help finding books, we’ll be sending lists of suggestions every two weeks. Each list will include books for all different ages, with options in braille, large print, or on digital cartridge, and will come with activities and a list of reading challenges that you can try at home. (Completing the activities and challenges can also earn you prizes to be sent out at the end of the summer!) Each of our mailings will be somehow related to our music theme, but you can also get reading suggestions from a librarian here, or using lists from your school, or your local library.
Free Downloadable Audio Books for Kids
Download classic stories in MP3 format from Audio Stories for Children. Also, check out this source of over 200 MP3 Kid's Audio Books!
Braille drawings are a fun and creative way to learn about braille and to share the importance of braille literacy in a fun way. Find instructions for how to create drawings and discover how to send drawings that you come up with on your own.
Funky Braille Rap
Check out this funky braille rap! Click to listen to the MP3. The Braille Rap Song was written by Lynn Horton and Tammy Whitten as a fun way to teach braille to their students at the Helen Keller School located in Talladega, AL. Visit the Braille Rap Song page for the lyrics and for more information.
Through "Anna's Book Angel Program" at Seedlings Braille Books for Children, hundreds of braille books are being made in loving memory of Anna Kristina Bonde and given away free to children around the world.
Register online or call Seedlings at 800-777-8552. Seedlings will pick at least 10 children each week and send them one free book from his or her "wish list."
Are you having difficulty finding toys and games that are accessible and fun to play with? The free Toys 'R' Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids lists 85 great accessible toys that are available nationally. Check out the Toy Guide or call the National Lekotek Center at 800-366-PLAY.