August 20 was the Lake Joseph CNIB Camp 50th anniversary party in Muskoka (Ontario) and the CNIB Library was there!
The rain may have kept us inside but the showers didn't dampen the enthusiasm of guests eager to find out more about the programs, services and materials the library offers – both directly and through many public libraries which participate in the Partner Program. Plus, we gave everyone a chance to get crafty with our accessible version of the TD Summer Reading Club.
We brought along some of the same cardboard treasure kits sent out to kids in our TD Summer Reading Club kits and challenged visitors to assemble them without peeking. While the treasure chests were being decorated with tactile stickers of starfish, seahorses and more, we had a chance to talk about how activities and books can be easily adapted in order to be accessible and fun for everyone!
The Library also brought along a Perkins brailler and a supply of Lake Joe 50th birthday party postcards so that Emily, our Partner Program Lead, could help kids braille their names and take home a souvenir of the day!
Robert, a former Summer Reading Club participant came along to proofread the braille on everyone's souvenir postcards and also to read aloud some of the PrintBraille titles featured on our TD Summer Reading Club 'Splash' booklists. Lots of these kids had never seen anyone read a book with their fingers!
The party was a perfect way to celebrate the quickly approaching end of summer and because the 2011 Club theme is 'Splash' we made a point of splashing through as many Lake Joe puddles as we could find!