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Library for the Blind launches summer reading program June 1

Thursday, May 25, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY - Summer reading is back at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

After a pandemic-related break, OLBPH will offer a free Summer Reading Program from June 1 to July 31 for Oklahoma students with visual or other disabilities that prevent them from using standard print materials.

Library staff will provide a list of recommended books that relate to the theme “All Together Now.”

Participating students up to the 12th grade can get credit for reading whatever they want, as long as it is appropriate for their reading levels.

Oklahomans for Special Library Services is donating new iPads for the child and teen who read the most books.

“Our program will be 100 percent remote, so there’s no pressure to attend an in-person event,” Programs Manager Kevin Treese said. “If you have summer vacation plans, keep them. Just take a book or two along as you enjoy your time away.”

To sign up or get more information, phone 800-523-0288 or email

The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provided free audio books in recorded audio and braille formats at no cost to 4,510 patrons in 2022. The Library’s Accessible Instructional Materials Center also served 1,301 children with free braille and large-print textbooks, equipment and devices for use at home and in their classrooms. OLBPH is a division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The division is part of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

The mission of the 501(c)(3) organization Oklahomans for Special Library Services is to enrich the lives of Oklahomans with print disabilities and their families by strengthening, promoting and advocating for the accessible library services and information access provided by OLBPH.


Emma Zeno plans to participate again in the Library for the Blind’s Summer Reading Program. She is using a Bright Line reading guide to highlight text, eliminate glare and promote maximum contrast. The reading guide is available from the OLBPH’s Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center.

For more information

Brett Jones, DRS Communications Officer

Cell: 405-651-4594 

Last Modified on May 26, 2023