Youth Services Events

Upcoming Event Details

Saturday March 3rd - Annual Braille Challenge!

Sign Up by February 3rd!

  • The Regional Braille Challenge is part of a national contest for students in grades 1-12 who are able to read in UEB format. It is a fun and competitive day of contests in reading comprehension, proofreading, spelling, speed & accuracy, and tactile graphics. Snacks and lunch will be provided, and we will have a special guest!
  • Register by filling out the Braille Challenge Permission Form and send to Erin at, Fax to 206-615-0437, or mail to Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, ATTN Erin Groth, 2021 9th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98121.

WTBBL Multisensory Storytimes

Multisensory Storytime is back! Join us every Friday at 11 AM at WTBBL. All children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are welcome to attend.

Come laugh, read, sing, dance, and play! All storytimes are held in the WTBBL Orrico Children’s Room at 2021 9th Avenue, Seattle WA 98121. Free parking is available in the attached WTBBL garage. A short craft will follow each storytime.

Multisensory Storytime.pdf


Ongoing - Fall 2017 Pen Pal Program

We are in the middle of another wonderful Pen Pal Program, with students from all over Washington matched by reading grade level and medium (UEB or large print). Letters are forwarded to WTBBL, then sent on to pals. Writing prompts and guidelines are provided. We will be wrapping up this installment on January 26, 2018, taking a break, and starting again in the Spring. For information on how to register, please email Erin at or call (206) 615-1253. 

Past Events

Parent-Infant Playgroups

Families and their young children who are blind or visually impaired were invited to attend "PIP" Playgroups each 2nd Monday of the month at 11 AM. Playgroups were presented by King County B-3 Vision Services and will have activities to explore learning without vision. For more information, contact Erin at or (206) 615-1253.

2017 Washington Braille Challenge

The 2017 Washington Braille Challenge was held on Saturday, February 18 from 9 AM - 4 PM at WTBBL. The Braille Challenge is an academic competition for students in grades 1-12 that encourages braille literacy in a fun and competitive environment. The 2018 Challenge will be held in March. For more information, contact Erin at or (206) 615-1253.

Challenge Air Fly Day

We had such a fun day of airplane rides and activities on Saturday, July 23, 2017 at the Paine Field Airport! This event was open to all youth with disabilities under the age of 18, with a parent or guardian present.

Dog Day at WTBBL

On Sunday, May 1, 2017 from 2-4 PM, WTBBL held quite the special event. "For Your Eyes Only", a Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Club, presented about the guide dog lifestyle and the Canine Buddy Program.

Youth had the chance to interact with guide dog puppies and working guides! Refreshments, crafts, and games were available. This event was open to all youth 18 and under and their families.

Teen Tech Week Adapted Gaming Lab

Thanks to the generosity of YALSA and Best Buy, WTBBL was able to host a drop-in gaming lab for teens ages 13-18 on Saturday, March 12, 2017. We had so much fun will braille board games, braille card games, giant jenga, Legos, audio games, and more! For more information about the Adapted Gaming Lab, please contact Erin at or (206) 615-1253.

2014 Experience Art Competition, Exhibition, & Reception

WTBBL invited all youth patrons to create a work of art for entry into the WTBBL Art Competition and Exhibition! We had art of multiple styles and sizes, from our talented patrons age 5-18. All entries were showcased in a special gallery at the library, and all participants received a recognition prize. Special Awards included the Director’s Award and Audience Favorite!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)