by Vickie Pasicznyuk on April 23rd, 2014
April is National Autism Awareness Month. According to the Autism Society, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. In fact, one child in every 68 will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
One year ago, the Iowa City Public Library started offering Sensory Storytimes, designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities. Sensory Storytimes combine stories and songs with tactile activities and props to create sensory-rich experiences. Other details help create a safe and welcoming environment for kids and their families:
- A visual schedule to help us transition from one activity to the next
- A room free of distractions
- The expectation that kids will talk and move during the program
- Sharing the experience with other families that understand
Through the summer, Sensory Storytimes will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 1:30 pm, lasting about 30 minutes. Our next one is on May 3. To prepare for your visit, take a look at our “Child’s Introduction to the Library” social story, available at www.icpl.org/kids.
In planning for the next school year, the Library is looking for your input. If you have a child who would benefit from Sensory Storytimes, please let us know what times would work best for you and how else we can meet your needs at the Library. You can email your suggestions to me at Vickie-Pasicznyuk@icpl.org
by Anna Sewell on February 25th, 2014
Staff members had a wonderful time visiting Lone Tree on Saturday. We were excited to issue several new Library cards and help update some expired accounts. Lone Tree residents came with a lot of great questions about Library cards and services.
Since the City of Lone Tree signed a contract with the Iowa City Public Library last month, residents are now eligible for “Resident Cards” and correlating services. This means that along with checking out books, movies, discs, magazines, art prints, and Storytime kits, Lone Tree residents are now also eligible to check out equipment, use our Interlibrary Loan Services, enroll in At Home Services, and access our eResources.
Several Lone Tree residents stopped by to learn more about the eResources. Residents are now able to download audiobooks & music, eBooks & digital magazines, and access our references databases from home.
A few kids came by and had fun with the “Twitters & Tweets” Storytime and craft.
It was a great day. Thank you to everyone who came to see us!
by Anna Sewell on February 19th, 2014
Iowa City Public Library staff members are looking forward to visiting Lone Tree this Saturday, February 22. We are excited to welcome Lone Tree’s residents to the Library! Staff members will be at the Lone Tree Library from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. to help share information about Library collections and services.
Staff will be available to issue Library cards and answer general questions about the Library. If residents are interested in getting a Library card, please make sure to bring photo identification and proof of current residential address.
There will be an eResources class at 9:15 a.m. with Tech Help to follow. If you have any questions about online products and services available at ICPL please feel free to bring your tablets and other devices so we can show you how to access the Library’s eBooks and eMagazine collections.
Join us for a bird Storytime, “Twitters & Tweets,” at 9:30 a.m. and we’ll think about warm weather and birds. Plan to stay after for a children’s craft – we’ll provide a bird template and kids will be able to glue feathers on.
We hope to see you there!