Inclusive Services

Inclusive Services


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.

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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
  • Sensory Story Time   Join us for a sensory and autism friendly story time! Read a book, sing a song, dance or play along.  Small groups, visual supports, sensory activities, fidgets and orientations will help us all have fun.   Children ages 3 to 5 and their families are welcome.  Registration is strongly suggested as group size is limited to 12.
    • March 10, 17 and 27


      Clarendon Library

      February 23

    • March 31


      East Flatbush Library

    • April 15

      11-12 pm

      Cypress Hills Library

    • Sensory Story Time Flyer

  • Celebrate Spring with Art

    Explore and create with us at the Canarsie library.  Draw, paint and paste your way through the spring.   Find out what you can do with a line, with paints and much, much more. Led by Doris Strugatz 

       Canarsie Library

       1580 Rockaway Pkwy. at Ave. J,

       Brooklyn, NY 11236

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 am

March 10            April 7

March 17            April 14

March 24            April 21

March 31            April 28

Celebrate Spring with Art Flyer

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

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.
    • Your Guide to Transition and Life After High School. Understand options, identify goals, and develop an action plan for your child with a disability. Help your young adult transition to a life of learning, earning, and independence. Friday March 10, 10-12pm, Information Commons, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
    • One-to-One Expert Assistance Now Available! First Wednesday of Every Month, 10-1pm, Central Library, Information Commons Room 2.  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 
      • Transition planning 
      • Transportation issues
      • Navigating systems, including Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and others
      • Camps, after school, and other community resources
    • The Rights of Immigrant Students in NYC Public Schools  Presented by Rita Rodriguez-Engberg from the Immigrant Students' Rights Project at Advocates for Children of New York.  Arabic and Spanish interpretation will be provided.  March 28, 10-12pm, Trustees Room, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza.

    • Introduction to American Sign Language. Find out more about ASL.  Ideal for first time learners, and those who want strengthen their conversational skills. Facilitated by Elizabeth Reyes, Sign Language Specialists at UCP NYC.   Wednesdays 11-12pm at the Kensington Library, 4207 18th Avenue.

  • Inclusive Services (PDF) To request copies 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.
  • 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 - National Alliance on Mental Health 

Special Education Resources
Resources for Teens and Young Adults

Inclusive Services 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.

Internet Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Big Apple Oranges

Learning Disabilities Association

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities

New York City Department of Education - Division of Students With Disabilities and English Language Learners

Reading Rockets

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

Our Generous Sponsors

Inclusive Services 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 Stop & Stor Charitable Fund, Williams, Bridges Ride for Autism, Sagalyn Family Fund, the Brooklyn Eagles – a group of young and engaged supporters of Brooklyn Public Library, and through endowment funds established by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund and the Ilma F. Kern Foundation.

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs

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Our Garden Club
Our Garden Club

Read and Play
Read and Play

Books and Toys
Books and Toys

Sibshop Workshop, Discussion
Parent Workshop, Discussion

Sibshop Workshop, Demonstration
Sibshop Workshop, Demonstration

Parent Information Center
Parent Information Center

2065 Flatbush Avenue
at Avenue P
voice: 718-253-4948
TTY: 718-253-5034

107 Norman Avenue
at Leonard Street

Red Hook
7 Wolcott Street at
Dwight Street
B61 towards Red Hook

8 Thomas S. Boyland Street
at Macon Street

Sunset Park
5108 4th Avenue
at 51st Street
R train exit at 53rd Street