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The Child's Place for Children (and Teens) With Special Needs
At Brooklyn Public Library, there's a place where all children can relax, play and have fun. We provide unique programs for children and teens with and without disabilities.
Read more about Universal Design at the Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.
Fostering an inclusive environment, this unique Brooklyn resource opens its doors to all children, parents, caregivers, and educators. Join us at one of our many free programs:
Children Ages 0-5
- Read and Play provides children with and without disabilities up to age five (and their families) a book-sharing and creative educational playtime. Children learn social skills and language development is stimulated by playing together with age-appropriate toys.
Kids Ages 5-12
- After School Stories, a fun-filled hour of stories and crafts for children with and without disabilities, their families, and friends.
- Our Garden Club (April-October) participants focus on gardening and related activities.
Read more about Our Garden Club
Teens and Young Adults Ages 12-23
- Legos in the Library, an afternoon of Lego projects. For teens ages 12+ with or without disabilities.
- Universal Makerspace, an accessible space for experimenting and hanging out, where teens can innovate, create and make something great!
- Accessible Gaming Arcade Check out our new Adaptive Gaming Arcade for teens with and without disabilities.
- Gaming for All! (Word Doc) Last Saturday of each month
Students of All Ages
- Class Visits introduce children to Brooklyn Public Library, provide access to library cards and are specially designed to suit students' individual needs. Our staff read books and issue library cards in the classroom and at the Library. By appointment only. Call 718-253-4948 for more information.
Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
- Parenting Workshops provide a forum for discussion of topical issues. Guest experts speak on education, advocacy, discipline, medical issues, language development, and many other topics.
One-to-One Expert Assistance Now Available! Many situations require the assistance of an expert. We can provide one-to-one help for you and your child with:
Individualized Education Program (IEP) process
Early childhood services and programs
Navigating systems, including Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and others
Camps, after school, and other community resources
- Meet individually with a professional on:
- Get on Board: Navigating the Special Education Busing System Wednesday, August 12th, 10 am - 12 pm. Trustees Room, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza (Printable flyer PDF)
To request additional quantities of Brooklyn Public Library's "The Child's Place" brochures for distribution, please fill out this Brochure Request Form (PDF). The brochures and the shipping are free.
- Reading Troubadours read to children in medical clinics, giving them free RIF books to keep.
- Learn more about what Reading Troubadours do.
- Young Adult Leaders help with crafts and gardening programs and/or assist behind the scenes.
Volunteer opportunities are open to all, including young adults with developmental disabilities. Call for other volunteer opportunities.
Parent Information Center at Flatlands Library offers a wide array of books, book-and-CD sets, and other resources on exceptional parenting, as well as as resources for and about children and teens with special needs. Parents, family members, caregivers, and professionals who work with children may also benefit from our selection of magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, and CDs. Some materials are available in alternative formats.
Children's Mental Health Resources
www.nami.org - National Alliance on Mental Health
Resources for Teens and Young Adults
- National Center for Learning Disabilities http://www.ncld.org/adults-learning-disabilities/post-high-school
- International Dyslexia Association Adult Self-Assessment Test http://www.interdys.org/AreYouDyslexic_AdultTest.htm
- “Welcome to the Autistic Community” brochure for adults on the autism spectrum from Autistic Self Advocacy Network http://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/WTTAC-Adult-FINAL-2.pdf
- Learning Ally http://www.learningally.org/adult-learners/ paid access to audiobooks, including college textbooks.
The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs is located in five barrier-free BPL libraries. Our equipment makes the library experience accessible to children with different abilities. Cube chairs, mats for floor play, positioning cushions, and adaptive toys are available. For information about adaptive technology, please call 718-253-4948.
Our Generous Sponsors
The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the New York State Education Department, administered by the State Library’s Division of Library Development. Additional funding is provided by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, the ELSAM Fund, Stop & Stor Charitable Fund and through endowment funds established by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund and the Ilma F. Kern Foundation.