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June 14, 2021 | 8:00 AM

Summer Reading Program

The Perkins Library is excited to announce our 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, which will focus on animals. Our summer of fun, reading, and prizes will start June 14 and the excitement will continue until August 31.
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Summer reading program for kids

Perkins Library isn’t just for adults. Children’s materials including audiobooks, braille books, large print books, and DVDs are also available, and our monthly PerKIDS email newsletter can help get your children excited about reading through fun activities, programming notifications, and accessible games or recipes. Contact the children’s librarian by calling (617) 972-7242 or 1-800-852-3133, or by emailing [email protected].

The activities and resources listed below are not all administered by 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.

2021 Summer Reading Program

The Perkins Library is excited to announce our 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, which will focus on animals. Our summer of fun, reading, and prizes will start June 14 and the excitement will continue until August 31.

All New England patrons ages 18 and below are invited to participate. We’ve just sent out our registration form through the mail, but to sign up now, you can call us at (617) 972-7242, email [email protected], or visit our summer reading signup form here

We will also be hosting virtual events throughout the summer. Find out about upcoming virtual events below.

Virtual events

Wednesday, July 7 @ 11:00am

Creepy Crawlies with animal educator Joy Marzolf

How do you hiss without using your mouth, or eat using a built-in straw? Join us  find out the answers to these questions and more as we learn about some of the strange creatures from our wild and wacky world of animals. Plus, don’t miss a visit with some live creepy critters at the end!

Wednesday, August 4 @ 1:30pm

The Nose Knows: Learn about Nosework with librarian Chelsea Wood

Did you know that dogs can have up to fifty times the number of scent receptors as humans and devote about forty times more of their brains to processing smells? This makes them the perfect partner for nosework, an activity where dog and human teams go searching for items based on scent. Learn more fun facts and all about this fascinating hobby alongside librarian Chelsea Wood and her canine companion Zoe.

Tuesday, August 10 @ 2:00pm

Sled Dogs with Iditarod dog musher Karen Land (and Noggin!)

Three-time Iditarod musher Karen Land will virtually visit with library patrons to talk all about her adventures in the exciting sport of sled dog racing! Make sure to sign up for this session so you can check out her gear; hear all about her experiences participating in this thrilling race; and meet her Alaskan husky, Noggin.

Monday, August 16 @ 2:30pm

Guide to Guide Dogs with Tanja Milojevic and Elizabeth White

If you’ve ever thought about what it’s like to work with a guide dog, wondered what guide dog training involves, or wanted to hear some great guide dog stories, join Braille specialists Tanja and Beth to hear all about this, and more!

Friday, August 20 @ 3:00pm

Virtual pet show

Have your pet strut its stuff and hear about the amazing animals in the Perkins Library community at our virtual pet show!


Summer reading tracking webpage

Once you’ve signed up, you can keep track of reading times, activities, and challenges by visiting the summer reading tracking webpage, by emailing [email protected], or by calling (617) 972-7242.


Have questions about Perkins library? We can help!

Our books and materials only circulate to Perkins staff. 

We are glad to provide additional information about items in our collection, such as the table of contents or checking to see if a book covers a topic. We can also scan a limited amount of material in keeping with our scanning policies.

You can access the library’s holdings from the Online Public Access Catalog at www.perkins.org/library.

A number of search options are available, including title, author, keyword, medium and language. You can add items to your request list, and up to three selections will be shipped out immediately.

To order books, you must enter your user ID and your password. Your user ID is composed of six letters and two numbers and is printed on your mailing card. Example: Harry Potter – POTTEH01. Your password is your birth year. Institutions should contact the library for their passwords.

Contact the library with any questions about ordering books online.

Unfortunately at this time our library is closed to the public until further notice. Contact the Perkins Library to update your mailing address or to request titles be mailed to you directly.

The Braille & Talking Book Library is located on the campus of the Perkins School for the Blind. The library’s GPS and physical address is 141 Riverside Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Contact us for directions via public transportation.

Library service is free of charge to registered patrons.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Perkins School for the Blind provide funding. Books and equipment are provided to us through our partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled of the Library of Congress.

Funds are also appropriated by Congress for “Free Matter for the Blind” mailing classification.

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Once they learn braille, children can know the joy of reading on their own. Credit: Anna Miller

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