Creating a welcoming environment at the Lewiston City Library.
By Colleen Olive, Youth Services Librarian
October 6, 2021
The Lewiston City Library is pleased to introduce our new sensory-friendly resources to assist in accommodating individuals living with sensory sensitivities. Thanks to a Welcoming Libraries grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the Lewiston City Library has been given the opportunity to purchase items to develop a sensory-friendly meeting room and items to help create a welcoming environment for everyone.
The meeting room, which is equipped with fluorescent light filters can be reserved for groups or individual use. In addition to the room, we offer sensory items for in-library use. These resources include the following: weighted lap pads, balance ball chairs, mounted bubble mirror, sensory light projector, balance cushions, liquid fusion sensory tiles, LED hand-held magnifying glasses, and XRocker gaming chairs. Sensory kits are available and include a fidget spinner, weighted lap pad, stress ball, noise cancelling headphones, and hand held fidget sequined pads. Several computers throughout the library are equipped with keyboards that feature oversized letters and high contrast yellow keys. For more information about each of our sensory items, visit our Sensory-Friendly Resources page.
In addition to our sensory items, we also have bariatric seating throughout the library and walkers with wheels and seats for those needing assistance while browsing the library.