Youth Services

Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

Take the WTBBL Youth Patron Survey

Let us know how we are doing and what new programming we should think up next!

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  • Sign Up for the 2023 Spring Pen Pal Program!

    • Make a new friend this Spring by participating in the WTBBL Pen-Pal Program! The Pen-Pal program is open to all students in grades 1-12. It’s a great way for students to practice reading & writing in braille or large print, while making new friends around the state.

  • Multisensory Storytimes - Fridays from 11-12!

    • In-person Storytime is back! Join us for 30 minutes of stories, songs, and dance followed by 30 minutes of playtime in the WTBBL Conference Room. 
      • ​Storytime will not be held on the following dates:
        • March 17, March 24, April 21, May 12, November 10, November 17, November 24 

    • VIRTUAL Multisensory Storytime also available!  Watch on WTBBL's YouTube Channel. Caregivers of patrons age 0-5 can request a Storytime Kit to be mailed directly to their house if interested!
  • Nominate a Deserving Educator for the 3rd Annual Above & Beyond Award!

    • We at WTBBL appreciate everything teachers do for the students we serve - from signing them up for service, to keeping them informed about programming, to volunteering at events like the Braille Challenge! Do you know a TVI, O&M Specialist, Braillist, or other educator who really makes a difference in your or your child's life? This May for National Teachers' Appreciation Month, WTBBL would like to celebrate our awesome educators in special way.

      Please submit nominations for the third annual Washington Talking Book & Braille Library "Above & Beyond Award" by filling out the form below by April 30th. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] Winners will receive a certificate of appreciation and special gift from WTBBL! 
    • Nominate a Deserving Educator!
  • Teens and Tweens, sign up to be part of WTBBL's Teen Advisory Board! Click below to read a Welcome Letter from patron Luke Uniack, the TAB's inaugural President. Contact Youth Services to become a member!

  • Subscribe to DOTS: WTBBL's Youth Services Newsletter!


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.


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 [email protected] 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 Reading!

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.