Li­brary host­ing sen­sory work­shops, story times

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Cit­i­zen staff

For chil­dren on the autism spec­trum, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing grief or loss, are shy or who have had ad­verse ex­pe­ri­ences the Prince Ge­orge Li­brary is of­fer­ing two new pro­grams.

The pro­grams are a sen­sory work­shop and sen­sory story times, which be­gin Sun­day at the down­town branch.

Dur­ing the sen­sory work­shop, chil­dren and care­givers can make per­son­al­ized tools to en­gage their senses like a glit­ter jar, which can stim­u­late or soothe as­sist­ing with fo­cus, read­ing and learn­ing.

“For sen­sory story time, we’ll re­move any ex­tra stim­u­la­tion,” said An­dra Nadeau from youth ser­vices, said. “We’ve lim­ited reg­is­tra­tion to en­sure a smaller group and we’re hold­ing the pro­gram on Sun­days when the li­brary is qui­eter. We’ll be us­ing sen­sory ma­te­ri­als and a lot of rep­e­ti­tion to help chil­dren en­gage in the sto­ries and ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The youth ser­vices team has also as­sem­bled a sen­sory bin that fam­i­lies can bor­row while at the Bob Harkins branch of the li­brary. The bin in­cludes a pop-up tent, wiggle cush­ion, bean bag cush­ion, weighted lap pad, fid­get ob­jects, ear de­fend­ers and sun­glasses. The sen­sory bin can also be used dur­ing a va­ri­ety of pro­grams.

Fam­i­lies can plan for their visit by read­ing the li­brary’s Visual Story at

Fam­i­lies can regis­ter for the sen­sory pro­grams by call­ing 250-5639251 ext. 108 or by vis­it­ing the youth ser­vices desk. Reg­is­tra­tion is free but lim­ited.

The sen­sory work­shop takes place Sun­day from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for those five-to-nine years old with care­givers and sen­sory story time takes place Sun­day, Jan. 20 and 27 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. for those zero to nine years old with care­givers.

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