ALL for Fun: Programming for People With Developmental Disabilities

Sherry Preston, Public Services Librarian, Gering Public Library, Gering, NE (Population served: 8,000)

Groups of people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers come in the library from time to time. Of course, everyone is welcome to visit the library with no specific purpose, but we felt this was a missed opportunity. We could design a program of some sort for them if we knew when they were coming. A patron helped us connect with the local Office of Human Development. They were happy that our library wanted to provide a monthly program for their clients. Gering Library’s new program, Adult Learners at the Library or “ALL for Fun,” is geared towards adults with developmental disabilities. The goal is to provide programs that are both educational and entertaining for this community.

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