Visit the Library for an inclusive and accessible library experience that welcomes people of all ages and abilities, including those who are on the autism spectrum or those with various sensory needs. Participate in art activities, complete a scavenger hunt, make a button, watch a 3D printing demo, try Sensory Storytime and more. Attendees may bring their own tools and supports with them to the program. American Sign Language interpretation will be available.
Upcoming dates and locations
- Sunday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Heritage
Presented in partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota and Fraser. Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Innovation Grant.
Social narratives help reduce anxiety for individuals with autism and other disabilities by preparing for what is coming next. The Galaxie Library Social Narrative, Heritage Library Social Narrative and Pleasant Hill Social Narrative and will help prepare individuals.
A calming space
At Dakota County Library, we want everyone to feel welcome and part of our Library community. As part of this mission, we now offer the calming space at Galaxie, Heritage and Pleasant Hill library locations. The calming space is specially designed for individuals who need a comforting space to regulate while at the library, especially those with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing differences or other disabilities. The calming space is available for all ages.
The space is equipped with a calming space guide. The Galaxie Calming Space Guide, Heritage Calming Space Guide, and Pleasant Hill Calming Space Guide explain how to use the calming space and the tools and manipulatives in it, which include:
- Comfortable seating
- Adjustable lighting
- Sound machine
- Noise-reducing headphones
- Weighted blanket
- Visual timer
- Tactile objects
Social narratives help reduce anxiety for individuals with autism and other disabilities by preparing for what is coming next. The Galaxie Calming Space Social Narrative, Heritage Calming Space Social Narrative and Pleasant Hill Calming Space Social Narrative will help prepare individuals for using calming spaces.