Washington Talking Book and Braille Library: Virtual Youth Programming
Although the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library has long served the needs of the visually impaired community in Washington state, they find themselves limited with their connections to remotely located patrons. I have proposed a solution in which remotely-located youth patrons can connect with local youth patrons and WTBBL staff by using web-conferencing tools. Web-conferencing tools generally include features such as audible notifications and screen reader support, allowing WTBBL patrons to connect with each other and with WTBBL staff. By connecting with their peers, WTBBL youth patrons build an even stronger network of peers. This network encourages literacy advancement, involvement in library programs and will likely develop important friendships, too.