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June 10, 2024 | 8:00 AM

Summer Reading Program

The Perkins Library is excited to host a summer reading program every year.
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Summer reading program for kids

The Perkins Library offers a summer reading program with a different theme every year, including matching booklists, activities, and reading challenges. The 2024 program is under way now – sign up today!

2024 Summer Reading Program

The Perkins Library is excited to announce our 2024 Summer Reading Program, Read, Renew, Repeat, which will focus on recycling and caring for our Earth. Our summer of fun, reading, and prizes starts June 10 and the excitement will continue until August 31.

All New England patrons ages 18 and below are invited to participate. Sign up now by calling 617-972-7242, email [email protected], or visit our summer reading page here.


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 https://perkins.klas.com

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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Library is still closed to the general public but does offer a pickup/dropoff policy for materials. Contact the Perkins Library to update your mailing address or to request an appointment.

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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