The Braille and Talking Book Library held its first Winter Reading Program, “Celebrate February... Read!” with 44 youth reading the 28 days in the month. All readers are registered with the talking book program. They read in an alternative format that included 18 braille and 26 audio readers. Based on the 20/24/7 Program each reader documented a minimum of 20 minutes of reading time each day, seven per week for the month of February.
The program broke two records. One is for the most braille readers participating in a reading program sponsored by the Library. The other was having a successful completion rate of 93%. This past Summer Reading Program comprised of 12 braille and 34 audio readers with 70% completion rate. Part of the increase is due to collaboration with the SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
At the conclusion of the program the participants who returned their charts completed were eligible for the drawing for a Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablet. The winner was Caden Chavez, age 9, son of Jessie Berg and Johnny Chavez of Hitchcock, SD. Thanks to the generosity of Wal-Mart of Pierre; this was able to be the grand prize.
The Braille and Talking Book Library is part of the South Dakota State Library and facilitate the National Library Service (NLS) Program. NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for those who qualify. Readers may have temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or physical disability that prevents them from holding a book such as arthritis, MS, stroke, Parkinson, or carpel tunnel. For more information on the program call 1-800-423-6665.