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Posted January 14, 2017 04:30 pm – Updated January 14, 2017 05:49 pm
By  Charmain Z. Brackett

GLASS to present sensory story time at Richmond County library

Library story times sometimes consist of children gathering to sit still on a brightly colored rug while someone reads to them from a couple of storybooks, but children with autism spectrum disorders and sensory integration issues aren’t always able to participate in a traditional story time.

“Every child should be able to enjoy story time and engage in early literature,” said Erin Prentiss, the outreach services manager with the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System.

The Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) will be presenting its first sensory story time at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Headquarters Library.

Sensory story time will integrate other activities into the story time.

The story time will open with a song that is sung and signed. Rattles and dances using scarves will be included, as will boards with felt cutouts of the characters and finger plays, Prentiss said.

The program will last no longer than an hour and is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6, but other children may attend if this program is appropriate for them, she said.

Registration is suggested but not required. To register, call (706) 821-2625 or visit bit.ly/glassstory time.

Weiss said that the sensory story time will likely be held on a quarterly basis, but additional dates have not been confirmed.

GLASS “supports accessible library services in Georgia by promoting the use of assistive technology and by providing accessible reading materials to those who, due to a disability, are unable to read standard print,” according to the Georgia Public Library Service website.

Another program through GLASS is an audio or talking books program. Patrons can access audio books through the free BARD app available on iPhone or Android, or GLASS will provide patrons an NLS talking book player. Braille books are also available.

Weiss said that GLASS also offers programs such as talking book bingo and an audio book club.

To learn more about GLASS and its services, visit www.georgialibraries.org/glass.

Source: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/life/2017-01-14/glass-present-sensory-story-time-richmond-county-library

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