Bag Books in Kent
Bag Books are age appropriate multi-sensory stories and consist of individual pages of laminated card, with items and materials attached which help the listener get inside the story. All kinds of noisy, smelly, feely objects and materials take them on sensory journeys. As well as being educationally approved they are also great fun!
Story-Go-Round is a charity funded training programme supplied by Bag Books demonstrating how to use the Bag Books material, giving the carer confidence to deliver the story session.
- Children whose attention skills are not yet fully developed
- Very young mainstream children
- Pre-schoolers with visual impairment
- Children on the autistic spectrum
- Children with ADHD
- Children and adults with severe or profound learning and physical difficulties.
- To ensure that Libraries and Archives offer a fully inclusive service to both adults and children with profound and severe learning disabilities and young children with visual impairment aim to establish a collection of Bag Books.
- Few librarians have experience of working with children and adults with profound special needs. Not all have access to the skills and resources needed to deliver a welcoming, accessible service.
- Bag Books are multi-sensory story-packs and offer accessible stories for those who cannot benefit from mainstream books. They are told interactively, through actions and emotions rather than words and pictures.
- Initial free demonstration of Bag Books and training from Story-Go-Round has already taken place in Libraries and Archives
- To build upon this initial training - the links made with the Special Educational Needs School and enthusiasm from Libraries and Archives staff plus their partners, to supply two more training opportunities from Story-Go-Round in other parts of county.
- Purchase a collection of Bag Books suitable for adults and children.
- Promote collection through Children’s Centres, residential homes, District Partnerships, Adult Social Services, Special Educational Needs schools and other interested partners.
- Parents and carers encouraged to borrow Bag Books
Expected outcomes of the project
- Legacy of the National Year Of Reading
- Able to reach and provide a service to group of customers plus their families and carers that we have not reached before.
- Bag Books helps to enrich the lives and support the learning and development of children and adults with the most severe or profound learning disabilities-helping them to reach their own potential.
- Parents/carers feel more confident to share books
Outcomes for partners:
- Access to a collection of resources not available at the moment.
- Access to training on how to use these resources.
- Help their clients reach their potential by using these enjoyable, stimulating and interactive storytelling sessions.
There are opportunities for volunteers to be involved and the packs will be available right across the county from June 2009.
Who runs this project?
Kent Libraries & Archives
Approaches being made to: Children Families & Education; Kent Adult Social Services; District partnerships; Children’s Centres; Nic Browne, Time2Give;
Contact details for the project
Service Development Librarian Diversity and Supporting Independence
Libraries & Archives HQ
Maidstone ME14 2LH