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Friday, May 26 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Books are for Everyone: Library Programming for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

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We propose a conference session to discuss the development and delivery of a successful program for adults with intellectual disabilities that has been running in the Confederation Centre Public Library since September 2015. Partially inspired by the Next Chapter Book Club, our program was created for a group of library patrons from the Queens County Residential Services who were regularly visiting CCPL to borrow and read books, play games, use public computers, and enjoy the space. After consulting with QCRS caregivers and clients, we began offering two weekly programs: one book club-style program for higher-functioning adults with disabilities and one storytime-style program for lower-functioning adults with disabilities. In our presentation we will discuss a typical week for each of these programs, including the planning, the delivery, and the follow-up observations and resulting strategic planning. We will talk about how we faced the unique challenges of both groups, as well as how each of the weekly programs has changed since its beginning and the successes we have seen. We will also share the professional resources we found most helpful. Using our experiences as a starting point, we will encourage other library professionals to think critically and creatively about how their library resources can be used to connect with and engage adults with intellectual disabilities, as well as other under-served patron populations.

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Grace Dawson

Regional Librarian, PEI Public Library Service

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Roseanne Gauthier

Youth Services Librarian, PEI Public Library Service
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Jennifer Howard

Children's Librarian, PEI Public Library Service

Friday May 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Grafton Room Rodd Charlottetown