Participants from Overture joined us for Adult Recess where we had several sensory play activities, like thinking putty.
As a member of the American Library Association (ALA), we incorporate ALA’s core values in all that we do. One way we work to create “an open, inclusive, collaborative environment” is to provide programs and access to resources for all ages and ability levels in our community.
“We want all of our community members to feel welcome and served,” said Public Services Manager Casey Lansinger-Pierce. “The library is for everyone, and it's important that we serve our entire community. Therefore, we take effort to make our space, our materials, and our services accessible to all. It's very important to us and we take it seriously. ”
In collaboration with Overture Colorado — a Windsor agency that provides support to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities — we launched our first adaptive program, Adult Recess, in May 2019. During this quarterly program, participants journey to the library for an opportunity to interact with one of our PAWS for Reading therapy dogs and engage in sensory play activities.
“Adult Recess is built around a theme, starting with the book, a coordinating craft, music, and a snack. The PAWS for Reading team circulates among the attendees,” said Monica Gould, PAWS for Reading program coordinator.
“We have a PAWS dog owner who is fluent in ASL and has participated in several sessions with her dog, Aggie,” Gould shared. “The first time she signed with one of the ladies who is deaf, it was a very emotional moment for the group. There were lots of happy tears shed that day.”
This month, we also launched Sensory Storytime, a special storytime dedicated to children (ages 2-8) and families with special needs. Inspired by an idea from the community, we read books, learned sign language, and played with toys to strengthen bodies and minds.
Visual Impairment Resources
At the library, we have several resources for individuals with visual impairments. In the back of the library, we have a growing large print collection. You can find large print books by selecting “LARGE TYPE” under “Collection” in our online catalog.
Additionally, many of the e-books available through Hoopla or OverDrive offer ways to support visual impairments. Stop by with your device during our Ask a Geek sessions — Monday through Thursday from 6-7 p.m. — and we can help download and setup the apps to your preferences on any device.
The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) provides additional support, with special playback machines, Braille and large print books, magazines, and descriptive movies.
“CTBL helps ensure that no one in our community is left without access to library materials. They have a wide selection that is shipped directly to your home at no charge,” said Kali Dhayatkar, CTBL liaison.
“Their recorded books play through a ‘Talking Book Machine’ (provided by CTBL) so that any of the eligible patrons who may not have access to the technology needed to listen to traditional audiobooks, or have trouble seeing or working that technology, can still listen to audiobooks,” Dhayatkar added.
We have an organizational account with CTBL and can bring these resources to our Lobby Stops at assisted living facilities.
“I have a Lobby Stop patron who I bring materials from the extensive collection at CTBL,” shared Dhayatkar. “It helps keep her connected to the books and stories that she loves. She always says, ‘Library day is my favorite day of the week!’”
We are also able to help patrons who aren't a part of our Lobby Stop program sign up with a personal CTBL account to ship directly to their home. Anyone applying for CTBL resources needs to have a qualified organization sign off on their application, and our librarians can help. For eligibility requirements and the application, visit the CTBL website or stop by the library.
Do you have ideas for adaptive programming? Need support accessing library resources? Let us know — call 970-686-5603 or email