Alachua County Library District (ACLD) will receive the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services - Children award at the Florida Library Association (FLA) annual conference March 1-3, in Daytona Beach. ACLD’s Sensory Storytimes programming receives the award and recognition for an outstanding program that provides more opportunities and access for our youth as well as its adaptability in other libraries.
ACLD’s Sensory Storytimes were launched during Autism Awareness Month in April of 2015 to add another early learning option to ACLD’s popular children’s programs. These special Storytimes satisfy the need to create a welcoming space and a sensitive program for families with children on the autism spectrum. Songs, stories and movements are designed so preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old with sensory integration challenges and their caregivers can participate in meaningful ways. Currently, four Sensory Storytimes are offered each month, with three different locations (Alachua, Headquarters and Millhopper Branches) presenting on different weekends and weekdays. Sensory Storytimes also received Northeast Florida Library Information Network’s (NEFLIN’s) Innovation of the Year Award in September 2015.
FLA presents annual awards to honor outstanding libraries, individuals, businesses and library supporters during its annual conference. Award recipients were selected from a large number of applicants for the quality of their service to their local communities, their colleges and universities, and to the library profession. Awards include Library of the Year: Manatee County Public Library System and others. For more information about FLA awards contact FLA Executive Director Martina Brawer at (850) 270-9205 or Martina.Brawer@comcast.net.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).