Two families attended the program, and those who came were planning to spread the word to others. They read some stories, sang a few songs, and then Jenna got out the playdough and parents had a chance to chat with Jenna and with each other. She told me, "Both families talked about how nice it is to have another opportunity for the 'families to stick together' and hang out. I plan to incorporate that message into future marketing. This seems to be a big draw, the idea of families being there for one another and having chances to be together."
The news channel caught Jenna on tape talking about how much she wants everyone to know they are welcome at the library, and how willing she is to work with people and make accommodations so that everyone can participate. Very cool, indeed.
Colleen Crowley in Chippewa Falls has also been hosting a storytime especially designed to fit the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Watch for more cool ideas and strategies, coming in later issues of the blog!