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CELA 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 650,000 professionally produced titles to provide people with print disabilities with a quality library experience.

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 have initiated an annual award, which will be given to libraries who implement innovative and creative accessible programming within their TD Summer Reading Club. Individual awards are available for English and French programming.

The Award was established to promote excellence in accessible programming by:

  • demonstrating how libraries made their reading activities and programs inclusive to children with all abilities
  • celebrating the creativity of library staff who engage children with print disabilities through their TD Summer Reading Club program
  • promoting community partnerships that strengthen access to materials and programming for children with print disabilities

Past Winners

2018 Cochrane Public Library, ON

          Bibliothèque de Saint-Léonard, QC

2017 Bibliothèque Jean-Lapierre, QC


One winner in each language will receive an Accessible Reading Prize Pack:

  • tactile craft supplies
  • accessible craft and game ideas
  • one braille book
  • HumanWare Victor Reader Stratus 4 M for their library

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 either in English or French.

How to apply

Complete the TD Summer Reading Club Accessibility Award Application form at

Attach essential supporting documentation to substantiate your application by email Documentation should effectively define the program offered by your library and can include photographs, letters, statistics, news articles, copies of website pages, newsletters, promotional materials, or other appropriate materials. You may also mail in any support documentation. Clearly label all print/photo documentation with the name of your library.

The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2019.

Information about the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards

Evaluation criteria for the CELA Accessibility Award

Applicants will be evaluated according to all of the following evaluation criteria. The program description and supporting documentation must provide evidence that the public library branch:

  1. used the accessible program materials (e.g. Accessible Notebook, postcards, deposit collection CDs if requested) to offer inclusive and accessible TD Summer Reading Club events and activities.
  2. made staff, volunteers and summer students aware of resources to offer equitable library services.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Selection committee

CELA invites library staff, parents, or professionals working with children with print disabilities to join the selection committee.  Contact for more information.