Inclusive Services at BPL provides unique programs for children and teens with and without disabilities. Fostering an inclusive environment, we open our doors to all children, parents, caregivers and educators.

 

Programs for Kids & Teens

 

  • Sensory Story Time is 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. Find upcoming sessions here.
  • 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. Download more information here.
  • After School Stories is a fun-filled hour of stories and crafts for children with and without disabilities, their families, and friends. Download more information here.
  • Our Garden Club (April-October) participants focus on gardening and related activities.
  • Family LEGO Club brings together youth of all ages for building, exploration and creative challenges.
  • Teen Time for All is an accessible space for experimenting and hanging out, where teens can innovate, create and make something great! Download more information here.
  • 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, Teachers & Caregivers

Our 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. We also offer one-on-one expert assistance every month at Central Library.

Hospital Storytelling brings read-alouds and free books, through the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program, to children in hospitals, clinics and residential facilities.

 

Volunteers

Reading Troubadours read to children in medical clinics, giving them free books to keep. Other library-based opportunities are also available.

 

Resources

Our Parent Information Center at Flatlands Library offers a wide array of books, periodicals and other resources on exceptional parenting, as well as resources for and about children and young adults with disabilities. Books in all formats—Braille, large print, audio and graphic novels—are available. Ask us for assistance finding things on the web.