While looking back through this blog, I realized that I hadn’t profiled one of our favorite organizations, the Kenneth Jernigan Library for Blind Children. Through this library, we get twin vision books to read with Peanut. The books are shipped to us, and, when we’re done, we ship them back in the same packaging. The books are shipped both ways as Free Matter for the Blind, so there’s no cost to us in checking out the books.
Unlike a regular library where you get to go and pick your books off of the shelves, the Kenneth Jernigan Library picks the books for you. You tell them your child’s grade level, and they’ll pick out 5 or so books to ship each time. You never know what you’re going to get or how old the books will be. Sometimes we get board books with the braille in sticky sheets on top of the regular pages; sometimes we get rebound books where braille pages have been placed between the print pages of the books. This second type isn’t as easy to use with a toddler (he’s a bit rough on things, naturally), and sometimes the pictures aren’t so fun if it’s a picture that stretched over two pages. Either way, we’ve gotten a great variety of books that we wouldn’t have had access to any other way, and Peanut gets really excited when the books arrive at our house!
You can find out more about the Jernigan Library by visiting their Web site at http://www.actionfund.org/actionfund/Kenneth_Jernigan_Library.asp. You can also complete an application for services online or print one to mail in if you prefer.