Reading under the covers late into the night, bringing books to camp, puppet shows and crafts at the local library -- for thousands of kids across Canada, happy memories of this summer include the TD Summer Reading Club.
Summer reading programs make reading fun and build literacy skills that will help kids succeed. No one should be left out of these important goals, so we help public libraries make their TD Summer Reading Club accessible for kids who have difficulty reading print because of a physical, visual or learning disability.
And we've heard some great stories from kids about accessible TD Summer Reading Club programs at their local library:
Port McNicoll Public Library includes tactile elements in crafts so that children who are blind or partially sighted enjoy them too.
Peterborough Public Library offers a wonderful story time and they describe the pictures so no one misses a thing.
Oshawa Public Library held a Jungle Cat World program where kids could touch animals like snakes!
We can help make your TD Summer Reading Club accessible too!
Through the Partners Program, CNIB makes books in accessible formats like audio and braille available through public libraries in funding provinces. For the TD Summer Reading Club, we ensure a good selection of books on the year's theme in audio and braille. That means kids with print disabilities can read many of the same books as their peers, in the format they prefer. As Ian's mom told us, "I appreciate the CNIB doing the TD Summer Reading program… his friends can join the local library and they can all read the same books if they choose." Public library staff can borrow materials from the CNIB Library collection, or library users with a print disability can borrow from us directly.
We know librarians are already thinking about next year's TD Summer Reading Club. Here are some tips to help you plan an even more accessible club in 2012:
- Think about accessibility in advance. We put together a TD Summer Reading Club Guide to Accessible Activities every year that's full of inspiration for both families and public library staff.
- Build up your accessible collections for kids. Libraries in provinces that fund the Partners Program can request books in DAISY audio or braille from the CNIB to enhance their accessible collections.
- CNIB's accessibility resources page offers advice on designing printed items and planning accessible events
- Promote your summer reading club with local organizations that serve children with print disabilities and their families
If you know someone who has trouble reading print, or you would like more information about accessible library service in your community, contact PartnersProgram@cnib.ca or visit the Partners Program website.