Sensory Friendly Hour

Slide 1 - A visit to San Pedro Library

We are going to the San Pedro Library

Main sliding doors at San Pedro library

A library is a place with lots of things to read and look at.

Entrance to San Pedro library

We will be here until:

Analog clock

Slide 2

If I have been to a library before, I may have borrowed things that I need to bring back.


Return desk


If I do have things to bring back to the library, I can put these things in the return window.

Customer holding a book for return in front of return desk


If I am not bringing anything back to the library, I do not need to put anything in the return window.

Slide 3

Other people appreciate it when I talk quietly in the library. When I am in the library I will try to talk quietly.

Staff with pointer finger to lips

The librarian does not want crumbs from food or spills from drinks in the library.

I will try not to bring food or drinks into the library.

Staff walking quietly

It is usually safer to walk when I am in the library. I will try to walk when I am in the library.

Slide 4

I can use my words or signs to leave an activity if I need a break.


Chair in corner



There are places I can go to take a break and have some quiet time.



Quiet table near window


Slide 5

If I want to get a library card, first I need to fill out an application. Mom or Dad can help.

Library card application on clipboard

I need a library card if I want to borrow things from the library and take them home with me.

I will take the application to the front desk.

Front desk where I can apply for a card

I will wait for my turn if other people are waiting in line.

Slide 6

Someone will ask me questions and type information into the computer.


Then I will get a library card.





I can use my library card to borrow things from the library and take them home with me.


Slide 7

I can go to the bathroom.

There is a bathroom for a man or boy to use. There is a bathroom for a woman or girl to use.

Signs for men's and women's restrooms

I can go to the Checkout Desk to get the key that unlocks the bathroom door.

Restroom keys in basket

Slide 8

If I need help finding something, I can ask a librarian. Librarians like to help people find things in the library.

General view of reading space and information desk

Sometimes the librarian is at the Information Desk. Sometimes the librarian is walking around the library helping people.

Slide 9

There are many things I can look at and touch in the library.


Library materials on table



I can choose something to look at. I might decide to borrow it and take it home.


If I don’t want to borrow it, when I am done looking at it I can put it on the reshelving cart.


Book truck for reshelving



The librarians want to put the books back on the shelves.


They like it when I leave the books on the cart and don’t try to put the books back on the shelves myself.

Slide 10

Stories for kids are in the children’s area.

Magazines can have true stories or made up stories. I can borrow some magazines if I want to.

Slide 11

Picture books have lots of pictures and short stories, but sometimes they have hard words.

Grown ups can read these books to kids.

Picture books on shelves

I can read books at the library or I can borrow them and take them home for a while.

Picture books open on the table

Slide 12

Beginning Reader books are helpful for people who are learning to read.


Beginning reader books on shelves


Some Beginning Reader books have just a few words on each page and others have more words.


I can look at different books to see which ones I would like to read.


Two beginning reader books open on table

Slide 13

There are chapter books with longer stories.

Different books have different stories.

Chapter books shelving area and table with orange chairs

If I need help finding a story I like, I can ask a librarian for help.

Slide 14

The library has books written in Spanish.


Books written in Spanish have a red Español sticker on the side of the book.



The library also has books written in other languages.



Slide 15

There are also true books for kids. If I need help finding a true book I can ask a librarian for help.

Nonfiction bookshelves at San Pedro library

Slide 16

The library has movies that I can borrow and watch at home.

Bookshelves with audio discs and DVDs

The movie disc is in a case. The case keeps the disc from getting damaged accidentally.

I will leave the disc in the case until it is time to watch the movie.

Open audio or DVD case

Slide 17

There are audio books that I can listen to at home.

Audiobooks on bookshelves

I can get a story recorded on CD discs or I can get a story recorded on a Playaway device.

The story CDs and the Playaways are in cases. The cases keep things from getting damaged accidentally. I will leave these things in the cases until it is time to listen to the story.

Playaway and audiobook cases on table

Slide 18

Sometimes a librarian will read a story.

Librarian seated and reading in storytime area

If I want to listen to the story, I should sit quietly on the chair. If I am quiet I can hear the story.

If I need to leave before the story is done I can.

Slide 19

The librarian will put out books to look at. The librarian will probably choose different books each time I come to the library.

Book display on table

I can read the books at the library or I can borrow them and take them home.

Slide 20

When it is time to leave, I will decide if I want to borrow anything and take it home with me.


Passing books to librarian to check out


I will take anything I want to borrow to the Library Cards Desk. I will wait for my turn. I will give the person at the desk my library card.


They will check things out for me.


They will give me a piece of paper to remind me when to bring everything back to the library.


Receipt for checked out items

Slide 21

If someone takes something out of the library that is not checked out, there will be an alarm noise to remind them to come back and check it out.

Exit gates near library entrance

I may be able to come back to the library some other day.


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