New inclusive storytime offered at Rhinelander District Library
‘Sensory Storytime’ designed to meet the needs of children of all abilities
BY EILEEN PERSIKE
The Rhinelander District Library is accepting registration for a new program, Sensory Storytime, which begins a five-week trial run Jan. 17. This inclusive program is designed to meet the needs of children of all abilities, including autism spectrum, sensory processing issues and kids who just can’t sit still.
Children’s library assistant Katie Kubisiak has been researching program ideas, gathering supplies and will lead Sensory Storytime.
“When I think of families that have children with special needs, be it autism spectrum disorder or sensory issues, I think they might be reluctant to come (to storytime) if their child isn’t typical in sitting still, listening to the stories,” Kubisiak explained. “And I thought it would be great to have an experience for them where they can participate in storytime — not “master” storytime or sitting still, but participate.”
The storytime will engage all the senses through stories, movement, music and play.
“We’ll have stories that are presented with double-visuals, (meaning) we’ll read the story and have a flannel board at the same time, or have a flannel board and something for the kids to hold that relates to the story so they are getting input in different ways,” Kubisiak said.
A five-week session will be held Wednesdays at 10 a.m., from Jan. 17 – Feb. 14.
Registration is required. Kubisiak said she understands it can be hard to commit to five weeks, but it’s okay if families sign up and aren’t able to make it every time. For more information and to register, stop by the children’s department or call 715-365-1070, ext. 2.