Sensory workshops and story times at library

For children on the autism spectrum, experiencing grief or loss, are shy or who have had adverse experiences the Prince George Library is offering two new programs.

The programs are a sensory workshop and sensory story times, which begin Sunday at the downtown branch.

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During the sensory workshop, children and caregivers can make personalized tools to engage their senses like a glitter jar, which can stimulate or soothe assisting with focus, reading and learning.

"For sensory story time, we'll remove any extra stimulation," said Andra Nadeau from youth services, said. "We've limited registration to ensure a smaller group and we're holding the program on Sundays when the library is quieter. We'll be using sensory materials and a lot of repetition to help children engage in the stories and activities."

The youth services team has also assembled a sensory bin that families can borrow while at the Bob Harkins branch of the library. The bin includes a pop-up tent, wiggle cushion, bean bag cushion, weighted lap pad, fidget objects, ear defenders and sunglasses. The sensory bin can also be used during a variety of programs.

Families can plan for their visit by reading the library's Visual Story at https://bit.ly/2SSfWEY.

Families can register for the sensory programs by calling 250-563-9251 ext. 108 or by visiting the youth services desk. Registration is free but limited.

The sensory workshop takes place Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for those five-to-nine years old with caregivers and sensory story time takes place Sunday, Jan. 20 and 27 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. for those zero to nine years old with caregivers.

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