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 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
We all know that libraries help you reach for the stars, and this summer it’s literal: our summer reading theme this year is space! Every two weeks throughout the summer, we’ll be sending out recommended book lists and activity booklets focused around that theme to keep the fun going.
All Massachusetts patrons ages 18 and below are invited to participate in the fun, with books, prizes, and more. 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 SummerReading@Perkins.org, or visit our summer reading form here.
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! (And don't forget that all Perkins patrons in Massachusetts are eligible for free subscriptions with Bookshare.)
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 great accessible toys that are available nationally. Check out the Toy Guide or call the National Lekotek Center at 800-366-PLAY. Also take a look at this list from Wonder Baby focused on toys friendly to children who are blind or visually impaired, and these options from Enabling Devices, Adaptive Tech Solutions, or eSpecial Needs.