Published on 12th May 2022
Dublin City Libraries are delighted to present a new range of sensory and assistive resources available for use in branch libraries citywide.
This resource collection has been developed to offer support to children and adults with additional sensory needs, making libraries more accessible and welcoming for them. Engaging children with autism in sensory activities is beneficial in several ways, as it can help with: stimulating the brain, creating neural pathways, and improving sensory processing systems. It also improves social skills such as communication and co-operation.
The sensory cubbie in Coolock Library and the sensory box items were provided by national sensory funding and Dormant Account Funding by The Department of Rural and Community Development.
The Cubbie Sensory Hub is a new service offered at Walkinstown Library and Coolock Library. Aimed at people with sensory processing disorders, the Cubbie offers a sensory management system for both children and adults. Programmes last 5, 10 or 15 minutes and consist of colours, images and music. Please contact either Coolock Library or Walkinstown Library for more information or if you would like to book the Cubbie for yourself or a family member. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Have you tried out the fabulous Tovertafel (Magic Table) in Walkinstown Library yet?
Now is your chance to do so. The Tovertafel is available to book at the Central Library and Walkinstown Library. The Tovertafel is a fun, interactive ‘magic table’ ideal for elderly people living with dementia, autism, learning disabilities and their carers, family and friends. Interactive light Tovertafel games are projected on to the table and sensors respond to the movements and gestures of the players. The games encourage shared experience and stimulate physical activity. We welcome use by groups or individuals - groups of four can comfortably sit around the table. Please contact either the Central Library or Walkinstown Library directly for further information and to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Sensory Box items require adult supervision
- Not for use by children under four
- Please make sure children don't put the items in their mouths
- Box must be returned to to library staff before leaving
Each branch has between 30-40 sensory toys / fidget packs. The sensory box is not for lending but may be used in the library. As the items are small and encourage a lot of touching, children are to use the sensory items under the supervision of an accompanying adult. Fidget toys can help to reduce stress and anxiety in kids. They can help with attention, focus, calming and active listening. Our range of sensory toys including fidget toys:
- Small bean bags
- Ear defenders
- Mini fibre optic lamp
- Tangle Textured Junior
- Aroma balls
- Ooze tube
- Sand timer
- Hand massager
- Easy grip ball
- Twist and Lock Blocks
- Octopus push popper
- Spiral keyring
- Flashing Pigglies
- Pop Tube
- Speed Cube
- Monkey Noodles
My Sensory Hour
My Sensory Hour at Walkinstown Library is for primary school children and their parents/carers. From 3.30-4.30pm each week, chill out in our Cubbie, play with the interactive games on the Tovertafel, explore our new sensory toy box full of fun and educational toys, meet other parents and get advice from our friendly staff about books suitable for your child.
My Sensory Hour at Coolock Library will be running after 30th May. Please email [email protected] to register your interest.