A record number of registrations were received for this year’s summer reading program, A Universe of Stories, which ended in early August.

Forty-four individuals signed up to receive a summer reading kit, according to the Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL). During the reading program, which featured a space theme, students were challenged to create a space creature, make up a constellation, or read at least two books with a space theme. This program, an annual collaboration between MDE-LIO and BTBL, is for students who are Blind or Visually Impaired.

By the end of the program, nearly 20 students had submitted creative alien creatures and invented beautiful new constellations. One student, Emily, drew a crown-shaped constellation named “The Queen’s Crown.” According to the Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL), Emily wrote that “the powerful queen died in a fire, and that the king missed her so much that he placed her crown in the night sky so all would remember her.”

Thank you to all of the students who participated!