Sensory storytimes to be held weekly at Bay Village Library

Sensory Storytime incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants.

The Bay Village Branch Library will offer Sensory Storytime every Thursday evening from 6:45-7:15 p.m. beginning Jan. 7. This weekly storytime is an extension of the monthly sensory programs previously held on Saturday mornings.

The storytime is open to children with special needs who are developmentally at the preschool level and their families. The literacy-based program uses double visuals of books and flannel boards to accommodate the various ways children listen and learn. Music and movement are included and dancing with scarves and ribbons adds to the sensory experience. Walking on a balance beam and interactive rhymes and songs round out the program. A schedule board is used so the children know what to expect and they quickly learn that each storytime ends with bubbles! The program is followed by a half-hour of socialization time.

Most importantly, this is a judgment-free storytime, designed for children for whom a traditional storytime is simply too difficult. Attendees can be assured the presenters will support their needs allowing families to have a positive library experience together.

Sensory Storytimes have been part of the library’s program offerings for several years and we are pleased to offer it weekly now.

Sarah Polace

Sarah Polace is the children's librarian at the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library System. 

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