Libraries are brilliant community resources, and regular library use can encourage both community interaction and enjoyment of reading. As you may know, we have been linking with library services around the country to encourage them to invest in the See and Learn programmes for you to borrow, along with other resources which may be of interest to people with Down syndrome and their families.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (DLR) Library service has contacted us recently, as they would like to let all local members know that they now have See and Learn kits and other resources available to borrow in their Accessible Services Collection (ASC).
Parents can see the entire selection in this PDF, the See & Learn kits are part of the newest phase of ability items (from page 41 onwards).
If someone would like to borrow anything from the Collection, they need a dedicated ASC card as items from the ASC can only be borrowed on the ASC library card. This can be set up at any of the DLR local libraries.
A letter of referral is required to obtain this card. It can be from an Occupational Therapist, Medical Practitioner, Resource Teacher or other professional working with the child/adult. Special Needs Assistants and classroom teachers can also avail of the service. In this case, a letter from the Principal on behalf of the school is required.
Once you have your ASC card, you can email Library HQ at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell them what items you wish to borrow and they can send them to your preferred DLR branch for collection.
DLR libraries also have a number of “Spring into Storytime” events happening this April, you will find more information about times and which branch locations are holding weekly story events on their website.
If you are connected with a local library service in your area and would like us to let other DSI members know about specialist resources or events, please do get in touch with us by email at email@example.com.