SUBMITTED BY DON GIACOMINI, YOUTH SERVICES

Once a month, the Dacula and Suwanee libraries are opening their doors an hour early for families with children with special needs. While the Gwinnett County Public Library welcomes our entire community to visit and to take advantage of our resources at all times, we know that a visit to the library can be more difficult for some families. Loud noises, large crowds, and innumerable things to distract and touch can be overwhelming for some children. Our hope is that the Sensory Friendly Browsing Hour can lessen these distractions and help make visits to the library fun and worry free. Families can enjoy a quieter atmosphere, smaller crowds, and extra confidence in knowing that their children are welcome to use our resources in a manner that best suits them.

March will be the third month of our Sensory Friendly Browsing Hour and we’re excited to introduce a sensory storytime, a special storytime tailored especially for children with sensory integration needs. We will sing songs, read books, and maybe even play with bubbles. Everyone is welcome and there is no registration required.

Please come and visit us for the Sensory Friendly Browsing Hour from 11-12 in the morning at Suwanee on March 12th and at Dacula on March 26th. Sensory Storytimes will begin at 12:15 following the opening of the branch.