When your school bell rings, Perkins Library is ready

Take advantage of Perkins Library’s back-to-school services this fall – and don’t forget to update your contact information

A library patron receives audio book cartridges from a Perkins Library staff member

The Perkins Library offers a range of services for teachers, students and families.

September 3, 2015

Are you the parent of a newly minted preschooler? Have you just started 5th grade? Are you headed off to high school or even college?

No matter what age you are, the Perkins Library has services that will help ease the back-to-school transition and get you geared up for the year ahead.

As many of our patrons know, the Perkins Library is about more than just books. While we do offer a large collection of braille and audio books, there are a number of other services you may not be aware of:

  • Foreign Languages – If you prefer to read in another language, or if you want to brush up your language skills, check out our selection of braille and audio books in more than 60 languages.
  • NEWSLINE Keep up with current events by turning your phone into a newspaper! Just call a local or toll-free number and listen along as publications are read out loud to you. Offerings include The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, the Lowell Sun and more.
  • Museum Passes   Expand your horizons through history, art and science with free or discount passes to area museums including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and more.
  • Reference Services – Get help with that elusive answer. Our trained reference librarian can assist you with research questions or requests for specialized information.
  • Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) – Download your favorite titles any time, day or night. In addition to audio and braille books, we offer music scores and magazines.

We want to hear from you! Are you changing schools? Moving to a new town? Make sure we have your correct address and contact information, and that we’re up-to-date on you or your child’s current grade and reading level. This will help us provide you with better services tailored to your needs.

Teachers, school librarians and coordinators – let us know how many students are in your program and we can work with you to meet your needs, whatever they may be. Students are welcome to receive books at home and have an account for the school. Let us know if your school would like to register for Library Service as well.

To contact the Perkins Library, call 617-972-7240, 1-800-852-3133 or email Library@Perkins.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

James Gleason is deputy director and special services librarian for the Perkins Library.

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