Libraries Offer Reading and Events for Exceptional Students


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Many people think of the winter break as a time for shopping, family visits and toys. Most kids during this time of year don’t even want to look at a book, let alone visit a library.

The winter break is only about two weeks long, but it is still long enough for some exceptional children to get a little fuzzy with their reading until school resumes. Even a little bit of reading can keep the focus in check during the holidays.

Visiting the local library is a good choice for those days when the toys that go “blinkety-blink” need to take a rest. If parents are able to get their children to read during any break from school, especially one in which extra toys and electronics are involved, the child could have a smoother transition back to school after the holiday — or at least one can only hope.

Parents of all children can keep the academic focus by visiting the library and participating in some of the events. Most of the local libraries are open during the winter break and offer educational and fun workshops for children of all ages.

Libraries open and ready for business

This is not a complete list, but parents can benefit by searching the website for events and workshops at their local library. The events and times will vary depending on the library location as well as the holiday closing times for Christmas and New Years’ Day.

The City of Greensboro Public Libraries are closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1, but will be open regular hours throughout the winter school break.

The Central Library, located at 219 N. Church St., is a wonderful, two-story facility, which has a separate children’s room. In there, parents will find a variety of family support books as well as craft and music ideas. For parents of exceptional children who would like informational books about a certain disability, those books can be found upstairs in the non-fiction section.

Teenagers can enjoy movies and even a talent show at some of the branches. Check the Greensboro calendar of library events for times and locations.

The central Forsythe County Library  is closed for renovations, but the local branches are ready for business. Branches will be closed from noon on Dec. 23 through Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. A detailed list of events is listed on the website calendar.

Alamance County Libraries will be closed from Dec. 23-27 and Jan. 1.  There are a wide variety of online program links which children or parents can access from home.

There is also a link so that patrons can be added to the weekly informational newsletter.

One interesting community service this library provides is the Zoom Pass Program.  Michelle Mills, Associate Director of Community Relations says, “The Zoom Pass Program allows patrons holding a library card in good standing to check out passes for admission to hands-on educational organizations free of charge. Passes are limited, but for more detailed information about locations and availability, please visit the Zoom Pass website.”  

Other library options

If parents are in need of a library card, they must provide valid driver’s license and/or proof of address. Parents can also access the “ebooks” collection with their library card.

For parents who do not have a library card and cannot travel to the library, “Tumble Books” is available free of charge, anytime online. 

Something for everyone

Even if there is no event scheduled at your library, perusing the many titles and finding a quiet corner of the library to read is always an option.

C.C. Malloy lives in Greensboro and is a steadfast supporter of children with a disability. Any information here should not be considered legal advice and counsel should be sought for personal educational guidance. For additional support, please visit her website, Bizigal's Exceptional Blooms.

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C.C. Malloy is a disability advocate and the mother of three fantastic young adults. A freelance writer, she writes about the daily opportunities parents encounter raising a child with a disability. Her blog focuses on helping parents cope with the functions of their child’s educational accommodations from the start of elementary school through transition to college. Malloy has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Carolina Parent Magazine. For additional assistance and support, please visit her website Bizigal's Exceptional Blooms.

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