Being close to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Clear Lake County Freeman Library knows a little bit about stars. The library recognizes the special needs community as brilliant stars and decided to develop a program specifically for them: Special Stars Story Time. On Saturday, November 16, Freeman library unveiled its first-ever Special Stars Story Time, designed specifically for children with special needs. The program aims to provide a safe space for children with disabilities and their adults to enjoy literacy development and community connectivity.
The program not only includes a story time filled with books involving sensory elements, songs that practice movement and dexterity, and of course, bubbles, but it also provides a 30-minute playtime that allows children to socialize and parents to build connections.
The playtime involves sensory bins filled with water beads, kinetic sand, playdoh, a garden, and much more! These bins help children explore their surroundings through sight, sound, and touch.
Special Stars Story Time is a program primarily for those with special needs. Although we understand the importance of inclusive programs, we believe it is also important to provide programs for specific segments of the community in order for their needs to be met. Many special needs children require moderations such as softer lights and sounds, fewer people, and more interactive elements. This cannot be done with many of our typical story times that sometimes house 30 or more people.
The stars shine bright at Freeman Library’s Shining Stars program. Come on by!