Youth Services

Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

Featured Event

Saturday, March 3, 2018: Annual Regional Braille Challenge

Students in grades 1-12 are invited to compete in a series of contests to test their skills in reading, spelling, speed, and accuracy. All contests in UEB format.

We will have a special guest and lunch & snacks will be provided!

What's happening in Youth Services

  • Multisensory Storytimes - Every Friday at 11 am - Storytime poster.pdf
  • 2018 Regional Braille Challenge - Sign Up by February 3rd!

  • Teen Video Challenge - Register by February 10, 2018

    • As part of the upcoming Collaborative Summer Reading Program, teens age 13-18 are encouraged to produce their own exciting 30-90 second videos interpreting this year's theme, "Libraries Rock!" 
    • The winning video will win a prize including $100 for you or your group, and $50 for the library. All submitted videos will be used as official CSRP promotional materials, seen nationwide.  
    • List WTBBL as your public library partner!
    • To participate, send in your Washington Entry Form and Model Release Form(s) via mail, email, or fax to:

                            2018 Teen Video Challenge
                            Washington State Library
                            ATTN: Leanna Hammond
                            PO Box 42460
                            Olympia, WA 98504
                            email: leanna.hammond@sos.wa.gov
                            fax: 360.586.7575

  • Visit the TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE page on the Washington State Library Website for complete details, and contact Erin Groth at 206-615-1253 or erin.groth@sos.wa.gov for information and resources on accessible video-making.

Outside the Library Programming

Let WTBBL come to you! The Youth Services Librarian is available to visit schools and education centers to present about the WTBBL service or related educational topics to both individual patrons and groups of students, parents, and school staff. Other educational topics include multisensory storytimes, presentations for accessible research resources for students, booktalks and book suggestions in alternative formats for classroom assignments, etc. Contact the Youth Services Librarian for more information.

Visit the Orrico Children’s Room at WTBBL

Open for children of all ages, our Orrico Children’s Room offers a space for children to explore, play, and of course, read! Recently renovated with new furniture and toys, the Orrico Children’s Room is a welcoming space for your child.  Featuring a variety of musical instruments, tactile toys, and both Braille and large-print books, this space supports children’s needs for learning and physical development!  Stop by during normal WTBBL hours and check out the space.

Tour WTBBL

Visit our unique location in downtown Seattle and learn how we provide library service to the entire state! Additional programming is available. Tours are available for individuals and school groups with advance request. Please contact wtbbl@wtbbl.org for more information.

For more information about Outreach Services at WTBBL visit Outreach and Tours.

In Search of a Good Book?

Check out our monthly Recommended Reads for Youth!

Make a Donation to support WTBBL

WTBBL's Youth Services Librarian is directly funded by donations from our generous donors. The support given to the library throughout the year makes all youth programming possible. To learn more about other ways donations are used, read our Annual Report.