The New Year brings new and exciting programming to the County Library. The last Friday of each month the Main Library will be hosting a sensory storytime and social hour called SNAP (Special Needs and Parents). The SNAP sensory storytimes will be offered the last Friday of the month at 9AM, before the library opens, and again at 6PM, after the library closes at the County’s Main Library located at 121 Fair Ave. NW in New Philadelphia.
“I am so excited that we are able to offer these sensory storytimes for families,” said Children’s Services Manager Kathryn Green. “SNAP story hours will provide a safe, low-stress way for children with special needs and their families to experience everything the library has to offer.”
According to Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell, people of all abilities are always welcome to attend our library programs, but these sensory storytimes are designed specifically for children with special needs, their families, and their caregivers.
Each program will include a short sensory storytime, as well as time to explore the children's department and play with the library's collection of adaptive toys. There will be coffee and socializing time for parents, and a friendly, no-stress environment for children to play, explore, and learn about the library.
The library will be closed to the general public during these events. Low lighting, sensory kits containing fidgets, weighted lap pads, and more will be provided. Participants are encouraged to attend other programs and visit the library before and after these events.
“Libraries across the state are offering sensory storytimes,” said Ramsell. “It is an excellent way to integrate children and their caregivers into a new environment without any of the outside stressors.”
In addition to the monthly SNAP sensory storytimes at the County’s Main Library, regular weekly storytimes across the County Library System’s five locations run January 17th through March 22nd. There is no cost to attend storytime, but registration is required.
To register to attend a SNAP sensory storytime or for the weekly storytime series, please call your nearest TCPL location: Bolivar 330-874-2720, Main Library 330-364-4474, Strasburg 330-878-5711, Sugarcreek 330-852-2813 or Tuscarawas 740-922-2748.