The Child's Place

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs

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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
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
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


Students of All Ages
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 
    • Transition planning 
    • Transportation issues
    • Navigating systems, including Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and others
    • Camps, after school, and other community resources
  • Meet individually with a professional on:


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.
  • 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 

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.

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

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.