Arapahoe Libraries is committed to helping all children ages 0-5 to feel welcome and comfortable in our library spaces and able to successfully participate in library programs. Beginning in February 2023, parents and caregivers will find sensory support kits available for use during storytimes at Smoky Hill, Koelbel, Eloise May, Kelver and Davies Libraries. Each sensory support kit contains a special seat, noise-reducing headphones, a variety of fidget toys and a weighted lap blanket. These items were chosen in consultation with Developmental Pathways, opens a new window, the local organization that provides early intervention services for children with developmental delays or disabilities, including autism, sensory sensitivities, speech delays and more.
Check Out a Sensory Support Kit
At Smoky Hill, Eloise May and Koelbel libraries, patrons will be able to check out sensory support kits for in-library use. If your child is experiencing anxiety or feeling overwhelmed to be in a public space, try one of these kits.
Kits are similarly equipped with:
- fidgets [video, opens a new window]
- a weighted lap blanket [video, opens a new window]
At Koelbel Library, parents and children might find the “bean chair” in the storytime room a useful place to calm down and relax. As always, and especially because the sensory support project is a pilot program, we welcome your feedback!
Check out the Developmental Pathways, opens a new window website for more information about how to access their services. If you have additional concerns, one of our early literacy librarians would be happy to assist you. Simply fill out the Educator and Parent Support Form and we’ll get right back to you.