Showing posts from August, 2015

Toys "R" Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids

Hot off the press! The latest edition of the Toys "R" Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids has just been published online, and Toys "R" Us is currently taking orders for the print edition. This guide is developed in collaboration with Lekotek play specialists who evaluate and recommend toys according to their developmental benefits. While the information focuses on the needs of kids with disabilities, the toys are not adapted in any way so the guide is helpful for parents of children of all abilities!

I've ordered a box of 250 guides to share between us at our October meeting in Glenview. While I don't find the print version to be very popular with my sensory storytime families, you are welcome to place an order for a full box to share with your community partners and patrons.

Announcing NEW Library Grant: Autism Welcome Here!

The "Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More" grant is sponsored by Libraries and Autism: We're Connected. This grant honors the groundbreaking work of Libraries and Autism co-founder Meg Kolaya for her contributions in promoting inclusion, connecting libraries and the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to the library community.* Apply Online Here
Grant Description
Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded. Depending on the applications received, one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts totaling $5,000.00 may be awarded. Any type of library can apply and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service they already of…

Accessibility Topics at Illinois' "A Library State of Mind" Conference

Looking to learn about outreach and serving patrons inclusively and accessibly at this year's state library conference?  Join other public, school, academic, and special libraries at this year's conference "A Library State of Mind" where we will connect, network and learn together about serving ALL of our community members.

Getting Started with Outreach In Your Community 
Thursday, October 22 at 10:45 am
This interactive class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved and minority populations in their communities. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with minority communities. Topics to be covered include resources for locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the …


 More than 1 out of 10 people in Illinois have a disability.
In recognition of the anniversary of ADA25, the RAILS library system as partnered with ADA25Chicago to offer professional development and learning opportunities to librarians and library staff about serving people with disabilities.  Here is a snapshot of what is available for you and your staff from now until the end of the year.

Webinar: “Beyond Assistive Technology: Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities”
Thursday, August 20 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. More info:
Webinar: “Autism 101 for Libraries: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and How Can We Help Students and Families at the Library?” Thursday, September 17, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. More info:
In-Person Training: “Mental Health Awareness Training for Library Staff” Wednesday, October 7, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Location: Skokie Public Library More info: http://www…