Are any of the teens at your library’ blind? Do they have low vision? Are they interested in science?

Then they may want to apply for this year’s National Foundation’ of the Blind Youth Slam!

What is the NFB Youth Slam?

The short answer: The NFB Youth Slam is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academy to be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, from July 26-August 1, 2009.

The long, much more fun answerTwo hundred blind and low vision students from all across the country will attend this five-day adventure that will engage, inspire, and encourage the next generation of blind youth to consider careers falsely believed to be impossible for the blind.’  Have you ever wanted to build and launch a rocket?’  Are you interested in learning about forensics?’ ‘ Or do you have an interest in journalism?’  The possibilities are plentiful at the NFB Youth Slam!

Full information, including applications, is at the NFB Youth Slam site.

NFB offers a wide range of resources for children and teens who are blind or low vision. Another fun thing that is available for’ your younger library customers is Braille Letters from Santa, More information is at the NFB website.

About Liz Burns

Liz is the Youth Services Consultant for the New Jersey State Library's Library for the Blind and Handicapped. Liz is active in YALSA and in the YA Services Section of the New Jersey Library Association. She was a member of the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Committee. Along with co-author Sophie Brookover, she wrote Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture To Connect With Your Whole Community, published in 2008 by Information Today. Liz blogs at Pop Goes the Library ( and Tea Cozy ( She holds an MLIS from Rutgers University, SCILS, and a JD from Villanova Law School, Villanova University. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is her favorite television show. Ever. Her favorite book is... well, it's impossible to pick just one. Or two. Or ten.

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