Sensory Storytime

The Denver Public Library’s next storytime designed specifically for children with special needs will take place this Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library. We will read, sing, dance, and socialize in the Children’s Pavilion. If your child has difficulty sitting through a regular storytime, consider trying this sensory storytime.

This monthly storytime is geared toward children at the preschool level with autism or other developmental disabilities. The books we read are adapted to include interactive elements, making the story more accessible for all. On the 10th we will read The Napping House by Audrey Wood. Last month we had fun reading Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd. Lots of opportunities for movement and music are interspersed throughout the 20-30 minute session. Most importantly, the librarian leading the storytime is flexible to each child’s needs.

Prior to the event, parents have an opportunity to talk to the librarian about their child’s likes and dislikes and everyone receives a social story about coming to the library for storytime. After storytime there are toys and drawing materials available, encouraging families to linger and play.

As with any storytime at the Library, an adult must be present. Siblings and therapists are welcome.

Registration is required and space is limited. A small group of children will help make this storytime calm and comfortable for those attending. Please call 720-865-1306 or email chlref@denverlibrary.org to register or ask questions.

Written by Rachel on November 5, 2012

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Rachel A on August 18, 2012

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This is awesome! Thanks so much for planning this so that even more of Denver's kids can enjoy storytime at their library.

Rachel on August 20, 2012

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Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking forward to getting started!

Anonymous on August 21, 2012

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what a lovely idea, I that hope it becomes a regular occurrence.

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The plan is for this to become a monthly event. We just scheduled the next Sensory Storytime for Saturday, September 15 at 2:00.

Anonymous on August 28, 2012

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I am so happy you have done this! As a parent of a child with sensory issues, I appreciate this so much. It is sometimes hard for my child to comform to typical behaviors and it is so nice to not have to worry. Kudos to the DPL for doing this!

And while we may not be able to attend some of the sessions due to schedule conflicts please know that we will be going when we can - so keep it up!

Anonymous on August 28, 2012

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What a wonderful idea! I am so pleased that DPS is embracing children with autism, sensory needs and other developmental issues!

Anonymous on August 30, 2012

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Would DPL consider doing a mid week sensory story time? In order to include the school children with special needs close by.

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Thanks for the suggestion. Providing this storytime midweek is certainly a possibility. What day and time would work best for you?

Anonymous on December 6, 2012

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I really can't wait to visit Denver it sounds like such a great place. I have friend from web design columbia sc who wants me to meet him to see a Bronco's game.

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