2012-11-26: Information Station Column
I was not even aware of “sensory processing” until we brought our daughter, Jada, home from China. A whole new world opened up to us as a family and we had to decide how to find information that would help us move forward with a child that cringed at sounds, cowered at lights going on and off, and needed sensory input every few hours to keep functioning and not “melting down”. We were amazed at how some children just need this sensory stimulation – and then we were even more amazed at the wealth of information available and the number of families that were struggling with the same concerns! So, when I went to a library conference and heard that libraries were developing Sensory Storytimes, you can be sure my ears perked right up! And thus began our journey to develop a Sensory Storytime in our library. Judy and I are so excited to kick off this brand new storytime in January. It will be geared to children ages 3-5, but any child is welcome if they would enjoy participating in our stories and activities. These storytimes will be a bit different from the other children’s programs we offer – and we are sub-titling this program “Storytime for Kids Who Can’t Sit Still!” We are planning many activities that involve movement as children with sensory issues tend to respond to this type of stimulation which increases brain activity. We will also include music, large motor movement and other activities that parents can use at home as well. Our new program will start in January and will be held on Saturday mornings twice a month. Call or email to sign up – we are excited about this!
Book Review – The Snow Child
Eowyn Ivey has written a novel, The Snow Child, that is sure to be a gem for many readers. This is based loosely on the children's novel, The Snow Child, by Freya Littledale. And maybe that's what caught me - I loved it that it was based on a child's fairytale and yet turned itself into a novel that had me riveted from very early on. I was drawn right into the story of Jack and Mabel and their life on the Alaskan frontier. I felt for them when they lost their first child, and I was so excited for them when they had a little girl show up on their property that seemingly had no family - it just seemed perfect. However, the story takes quite a twist when their little Faina grows up. It was pure "fabulousness" on the part of Ivey to take the story in the direction she did - she follows the premise of the fairytale, but takes you in a round-about way. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.