Gwinnett County Public Library invites families of children with special needs to experience a quieter and calmer library all to themselves.

On select Sunday mornings, two GCPL branches will open an hour early to host a Sensory Friendly Browsing Hour.

GCPL’s Suwanee Branch (March 12) and Dacula Branch (March 26) will host programs this month. Both will run from 11 am to noon.

Youth Services Manager Amy Billings emphasizes the importance of providing sensory friendly programs. “Families with children on the autism spectrum often avoid libraries and other similar public places,” says Billings. “Allowing special needs families access to the library when it is otherwise closed to the public gives them a safe space to learn about our resources in a calm and quiet environment which minimizes overstimulation and stress.”

For future dates, visit the calendar.

Note: this program is open to all families with special needs. The library is not open to the general public during this time.