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Inclusive Programs for Our Diverse Community


It is HCPL’s goal to create an environment where everyone feels welcome to connect, learn, and grow. We recognize that the needs of our community are diverse, and aim to provide opportunities for all library users to learn and socialize. Our staff work to design and offer program series that are welcoming for patrons, both young and old, with varying developmental and intellectual needs. Read on to learn about our available programs, resources, and titles from the collection!


While the following programs were designed specifically for patrons with varying developmental and intellectual needs, we aim for all our programs to be inclusive. If you have questions about a program or a need for an adaptation, contact the program’s hosting library. Patrons are always welcome to drop in and observe programs to see if they might be a good fit.

  • Adaptive Storytime
    • Tuckahoe: Select Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4PM
    • Fairfield: Select Thursdays, 10 – 10:30AM
    • Varina: Select Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11AM
    • Best for ages 1-12 and all abilities with an adult.Designed to be welcoming for neurodivergent children, this inclusive storytime incorporates movement, music, stories, sensory activities, and play. Activities presented generally fall within a preschool interest level. Siblings and therapists are welcome. Registration is required for all attendees (including parents/caregivers) and opens two days before the storytime. Please call your preferred location (Tuckahoe, Fairfield, or Varina) if you need help with registration.
  • Art for All Abilities
    • Offered at multiple locations and times
    • Adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their caregivers are invited to explore hands-on art projects in this workshop led by Art on Wheels. Available spots are limited and registration is required for all participants including a required caregiver. All art materials and instruction will be provided. 
  • Fun for All Abilities
    • Fairfield: Select Wednesdays, 10 – 11AM
    • Libbie Mill: Select Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:30AM
    • Welcoming adults with diverse intellectual and developmental abilities, this program will provide different activity stations (such as crafts and puzzles) that participants and caregivers can enjoy at their own pace. Registration for every participant and caregiver attendee is required.After the program, check out some books on craft activities. All supplies provided.


  • Sensory Reset Kits – The library is an exciting place with lots to see, hear, and do. If your little one is feeling overwhelmed and needs a moment to reset, visit any Children’s reference desk to ask about our sensory kits. Sensory kits are available for in-library use and include a variety of items like fidgets, headphones, and sunglasses to help younger library users experiencing overstimulation.
  • Family Comfort Room– Fairfield’s Children’s department has a special room designed for families. This room provides a quiet, comfortable space with adjustable lighting that can serve as a calming environment for sensory purposes.


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