**Sensory Strategies space opens!**

The Louisville Public Library officially opened the brand new Sensory Strategy Space at the Louisville Public Library Discovery Center (504 East Main Street-Louisville, Ohio 44641) on August 8th. Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio the Louisville Public Library has created the Sensory Strategy Program and Space. This project breaks new ground in library services. The unique space is entirely dedicated to the special needs community. While other organizations such as schools and medical facilities have sensory rooms, LPL is the only public library in the U.S. so far to devote/create an entire devoted sensory space for the special needs community to utilize free of charge. The library staff welcomed the library board of trustee members, the Louisville mayor, local city council members, school district administration, special education teachers as well as the state library staff members and many more to the opening. Since the opening there have been over 900 people through the doors!

Guests were able to learn why the space is needed as well as whom would benefit from each specific item. The sensory space resides within the library’s historic building on Main Street.

This strategy will serve the special needs community in and around Stark County within a public library setting. The library is able to serve a special demographic in a space where the devoted equipment, environment and library programming can allow the participants with special needs/disabilities to thrive.

The library will holds special sensory

programming such as:

  • Teen Sensory Relaxation Session
  • Adult Sensory Chair Yoga
  • Sensory Story Times

  • Reservation Times: The room may be reserved on Tuesday and Thursday for families dealing with special needs/early intervention organizations or groups and more.

The library provides public access to all their innovation free of charge, and the Sensory Strategy program will follow suit.

**Please note that the library programs will not replace any prescribed therapies necessary for children. Professionals working with specials needs are invited and encouraged to host programs within the space**.

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