Youth Services Events


Upcoming Event Details


WTBBL Multisensory Storytimes

Multisensory Storytime is back! Join us every Friday at 11:00 AM starting March 4th 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


Summer Reading Kickoff - Saturday, July 29 from 2-4 PM

Join us for reptiles, fun activities, and snacks! Our special guest, the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, will be presenting about how to "Build a Better World" through animal stewardship. Open to all WTBBL youth and their families. Free parking is available in the attached WTBBL garage. To RSVP, please contact Marian at marian.mays@sos.wa.gov or (206) 615-1253.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party.pdf


Past Events


Parent-Infant Playgroups

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


2017 Washington Braille Challenge

Join us for the 2017 Washington Braille Challenge 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. For more information, contact Marian at marian.mays@sos.wa.gov or (206) 615-1253.


Challenge Air Fly Day

Join us for a fun day of airplane rides and activities on Saturday, July 23 at the Paine Field Airport! This event is open to all youth with disabilities under the age of 18. A parent or guardian is required to ride with each participant. One sibling or friend is allowed. Pre-registration is required! To learn how to register, email marian.mays@sos.wa.gov or call (206) 615-1253!


2016 Spring Pen Pal Program

Make a new friend this spring by participating in WTBBL's Pen Pal Program! Students will be matched by reading grade level and medium (UEB or large print). Letters are forwarded to WTBBL, and then forwarded to pals. Writing prompts and guidelines will be provided. WTBBL's 2016 Spring Pen Pal Program is underway! Make sure to write 3 letters to your pen pal by May 31, 2016. For questions, email marian.mays@sos.wa.gov or call (206) 615-1253.


Dog Day at WTBBL

Join us on Sunday, May 1 from 2-4 PM at WTBBL's downtown location for this special event. "For Your Eyes Only", a Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Club, will be presenting about the guide dog lifestyle and the Canine Buddy Program.

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

Please RSVP by Friday, April 29 to Marian at marian.mays@sos.wa.gov or (206) 615-1253. Free parking is available in the attached garage.


Teen Tech Week Adapted Gaming Lab

Join us on Saturday, March 12 from 2-5 PM at WTBBL. Thanks to the generosity of YALSA and Best Buy, WTBBL will be hosting a drop-in gaming lab for teens ages 13-18. Come have fun will braille board games, braille card games, giant jenga, Legos, audio games, and more! Pizza will be provided. RSVP to Marian Mays: marian.mays@sos.wa.gov or (206) 615-1253 by Friday, March 11th.


2016 Washington Braille Challenge

Registration is now open for the 2016 Braille Challenge! This year’s challenge will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Federal Way on Saturday, February 27th from 9AM to 4PM.

The Braille Challenge is open to students in grades 1-12 and encourages Braille literacy in a fun and competitive atmosphere. In addition to the challenge, students will have the opportunity to participate in games and earn prizes! Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Students with visual impairments who read braille are eligible to participate. All participants must submit a permission form by Friday, February 19, 2016. For information, email Youth Services Librarian Marian Mays at marian.mays@sos.wa.gov today!


2015 Puget Sound Braille Challenge Competition

The Braille Challenge was created by the Braille Institute of America (BIA) in 2000 and has become a national program. Any visually impaired student who reads braille is eligible to participate in the preliminary Challenge contest events. Learn more at: http://www.brailleinstitute.org/braillechallenge/

This year’s event is hosted by the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library and the Washington Council of the Blind, in partnership with Special Education Services at Seattle Public Schools.

The academic competition is for students enrolled in grades 1-12 and encourages Braille literacy in a fun and competitive atmosphere. In addition to the Challenge, students will participate in games and earn prizes throughout the day! A pizza lunch and snacks will be provided.

Students are tested according to grade level braille standards in reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling, and reading tactile charts and graphs.


2014 Experience Art Competition, Exhibition, & Reception

Exhibition and Reception

WTBBL invites all youth patrons to create a work of art for entry into the WTBBL Art Competition and Exhibition! You can submit art of any style and size, but the original piece needs to be submitted to WTBBL by Friday, October 31st.

  • Entries accepted in the following divisions: Ages 5-10; Ages 11-15; Ages 16-18
  • Judges will choose a winner from each division that will be announced at the “Experience Art 2014” Reception on Saturday, November 22nd at the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library @ 12pm.
  • All entries will be showcased in a special gallery at the library, and all participants will receive a recognition prize. Special Awards include the Director’s Award and Audience Favorite!

Fall Webinar Series: "Intro to WTBBL for Educators"

Unsure how to use WTBBL services? New to WTBBL or audio/braille library services?

In 30 minutes, learn about the WTBBL collection, how to register for services, and how to select & order books. Register to receive a link to the webinar.


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