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Sensory Story Time and Sensory Bags

According to research, librarians are instrumental in introducing an underserved population to the joys and routine of a library visit. Skills learned in the school library can be transferred into the local public library and then extended into other community situations. Skills learned in the public library transfer back to school, and a cycle of success is arranged. Librarians have an opportunity to make a real contribution to the lives of children who face many challenges.

    With that in mind, Bloomington Public Library has added Sensory Story Time to its story time lineup.
    The library’s Sensory Story Time invites children of all ages and all abilities to engage their senses with specialized stories, music, and activities. During each Sensory Story Time, some time will be reserved for sensory play and socialization for children with autism or other special needs. Caretakers, siblings, and children of all abilities are encouraged to attend.
    Sensory Story Time will meet in the Story Room at 2pm on Wednesday, May 23, and will then take place monthly on the following Saturdays, June 16, July 14, and August 11. The library intends to add additional Sensory Story Times to its fall story time lineup if attendance at the initial sessions proves successful.
    “Story Times have always been some of my very favorite programs to plan and facilitate, and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to include everyone in the services we provide,” said Danny Rice, Bloomington Public Library Children’s Librarian. “Now we have a Story Time option for families whose children may not be comfortable in crowds or who may easily become overstimulated. Our hope is to bridge this gap and allow all those who wish to attend our Story Times to do so.”
    The library has also added sensory bags to its offerings at the Children’s Desk, thanks to a donation from Autism McLean. If any patron with a sensory processing disorder or any type of sensory sensitivity becomes overstimulated while at the library, they will be able to use the items in the bag to soothe and refocus. The bags include the following items which can be used at the library: 34d adjustable headphones, sunglasses, a tangle toy, a fidget spinner, a marble mesh toy, and visual communication supports.
    Children with autism benefit from oral reading, story times, multimedia, song, and literacy efforts, and the professional expertise of the public librarian speaks directly to this group.
    If you would like to speak further with library staff about Sensory Story Time, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Referenced research can be found in The 3 R’s = Routine, Repetition, and Redundancy by Lynn Akin and Donna MacKinney, which was published in Children and Libraries: The Journal of ALSC.



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