Tile Hill Library has re-launched as the first autism-friendly library in the city.
By working closely with parents, Tile Hill Library has undergone a transformation to be more friendly and welcoming to children with autism. This has included the introduction of a sensory tent for a chill out space, bean bags and wobble chairs, specialist books, a welcome board with staff pictures and the addition of autism-friendly hours, which include iPads with special autism related apps installed on them.
As well as introducing clearer signs around the Library, it has also changed its layout to be more open, spacious and friendly to visitors.
Sorrelle Clements, Service Development Manager for Libraries and Information Services at Coventry City Council, said: “It’s important to us that every child, including those who are autistic, feel safe and welcomed in Tile Hill library. We’ve been working with parents to help ensure that the space we provide is friendly and welcoming to children with autism.”
“We’re always looking to improve, so we’re asking parents to visit and to give us their feedback so that we can make ourselves even more welcoming.”
Children and parents can also watch an introductory video to help introduce children to the library before they visit.
More information about Tile Hill Library can be found at www.coventry.gov.uk/autismfriendly