By Heather Collins
The Hussey-Mayfield Public Library hosted a Sensory-Friendly Film Nite Sept. 19. During the event, the lights remained on and the volume was kept low to create an environment well-suited for children with sensory-related disorders, including Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.
Children’s librarian Kelli Brooks noticed there were more and more movie theaters hosting sensory-friendly film nights and thought the library would be the perfect setting for a similar event.
“It gives a special space for (families) to be able to enjoy a movie in their own preferred manner,” she said.
The film Coco was shown at the library’s first special film night. Attendees were encouraged to bring snacks, chairs, pillows and blankets.
The film was shown on a large projector in the Lora Hussey and Olive Hoffman rooms.
Brooks said the library has resources for everyone in the community and strives to be inclusive to all.
“We are a place that gives access to all,” she said.” When we hear, especially about groups that feel that they’re singled out and don’t have a sense of belonging, we want to counter that by telling them they are indeed welcome here.”
Brooks said the event had a good turnout and attendees requested more events like it.
“The audience was a mix of families with toddlers who were too young to sit through a movie in the theater and families with their children who have special needs,” Brooks said. “The librarians are already brainstorming about similar events for the future.”
For information on upcoming events, visit zionsvillelibrary.org.