TD Summer Reading Club Accessibility Award
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) is Canada’s most comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice. CELA gives access to over 800,000 professionally produced titles to provide a quality library experience to people with print disabilities.
Each year CELA works with the TD Summer Reading Club program to develop the accessible elements of the program. These materials are distributed to libraries to assist them in developing inclusive programming for kids of all abilities.
To recognize the efforts of libraries, CELA and its partners offer an annual award for English and French programming. The award was established in 2017 to promote excellence in accessible programming, and to celebrate the creativity of library staff who engage children with print disabilities in their TD Summer Reading Club by:
- making their reading activities and programs inclusive to children of all abilities
- connecting TD Summer Reading Club titles in accessible formats to readers
- promoting community partnerships that strengthen access to materials and programming for children with print disabilities
- increase library staff awareness of accessibility best practices
2019 Moose Jaw Public Library, SK (English)
2018 Cochrane Public Library, ON (English)
2018 Bibliothèque de Saint-Léonard, QC (French)
2017 Bibliothèque Jean-Lapierre, QC (French)
CELA offers a $500 cash prize to each winning library. These prizes are generously donated by their sponsors:
ZINIO, a Naviga company
Winners will be announced on the CELA and the TD Summer Reading Club websites.
Who is eligible to apply for the Awards?
- The applicant must be a local public library or a public library branch that is registered with the TD Summer Reading Club.
- The applicant must have offered the TD Summer Reading Club program, in its local branch, for a minimum of six weeks during the previous summer and have clearly identified the TD Summer Reading Club in all of its promotional and programming materials as outlined in the detailed brand guidelines on the website.
- The applicant must be prepared to promote its TD Summer Reading Club program and share its success strategies through workshops and/or on the program website.
- The winners from any given year will not be eligible for prizes in the following year.
Participating libraries may submit one application per year and must choose either the English or the French stream.
How to apply
- Complete the TD Summer Reading Club Accessibility Award Application form.
- Include essential supporting documentation to substantiate your application. The documentation should effectively describe your program and can include photographs, letters, statistics, news articles, copies of website pages, newsletters, promotional materials, or other appropriate materials.
- Submit this package to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15, 2021.
Evaluation criteria for the CELA Accessibility Award
Applicants will be assessed against all of the following evaluation criteria. The program description and supporting documentation must provide evidence that the public library branch:
- used the accessible program materials (e.g. accessible notebook, postcards, titles from CELA’s collection if requested) to offer inclusive and accessible TD Summer Reading Club events and activities.
- made staff, volunteers and summer students aware of resources to offer equitable library services.
- noted and indicated an improvement in the literacy and library engagement of children with print disabilities as a result of delivering an accessible TD Summer Reading Club program.
- gave children access to and promoted accessible materials (e.g. DAISY text, DAISY audio books, braille) of various genres and formats and at different reading levels that were geared to their interests, abilities and experiences.
- developed innovative outreach strategies to include the print disabled community, and to invite various groups of children or community groups (learning disability associations, CNIB, etc.) in the age groups targeted by the library branch.
CELA invites library staff, parents, or professionals working with children with print disabilities to join the selection committee. Contact email@example.com for more information.