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Surrey Public Library Service – supporting SEND children and young people

What do we offer now – with all libraries closed

  1. join the library for free and no guarantor required
  2. borrow eBooks, eMagazines and e Comics for free when you join straightaway
  3. signposting things to do for children and young people including tours of the museums of the world and other resources including some that are signposted on SEND organisations web sites
  4. - here is the link to our Facebook page that includes our live events current programme


What could our new offer be while the libraries are closed?

  1. Curated collection of e resources that celebrate inclusivity by SEND team that are purchased by Surrey Libraries, added to stock within 24 hours, signposted on web site with resource list and promoted on social media
  2. On-line Rhyme time and story time – using specific titles to support SEND children/increase awareness and promote inclusivity
  3. Promotion of recommended resources and organisations through library web pages and social media and these will be added this week.

What do we offer now when all libraries are open

  1. Home Library Service: We offer a home delivery service to members who can’t get to our libraries. This includes children, young people and adults with a disability, health condition or illness.
  2. Libraries provide:
    1. Wide range of books and other fun educational items including books with no words
    2. Early learning and information books with clear pictures or photos
    3. A range of storybooks and information books for all abilities
    4. Story CDs
    5. Assistive technology
    6. Multi sensory stories (Bag Books) and Story Sacks
    7. Reading lists:
    8. Dyslexia support:
    9. Children’s Large Print titles/some signing titles/giant print picture books/sensory books
    10. - we can also provide Braille picture books from the ‘Clear Vision’ scheme. Picture books which have a Braille overlay to each page allowing blind/partially sighted family members to enjoy sharing stories with the rest of the family. A small range of picture books for younger children in Moon can also be supplied from the ‘Clear Vision’ scheme.
  3. Bookstart

Bookstart packs for children with additional needs are provided by Jane Winterbone AD Education.

    1. These packs include, Booktouch for visually impaired children, Bookshine for hearing impaired children and Bookstart Star for children aged 3-4 with delayed fine motor skills.
    2. These are both available for newborns and 3-4 year-olds and have special books with features such as touch and feel or sign language.  There is also additional information about reading with children and suitable books for your child.
    3. These packs will include books, finger puppets and parental guidance and reading tips.  Parents/carers can request these additional packs when their child is eligible for the Standard Bookstart Baby and Bookstart Treasure packs, either from their health visitor, early year setting or some through the local library.
    4. BookTrust website for more information

What could our new offer include?

  1. National Library Organisation ASCEL – the offer for all children and young people in libraries developed and improved.

  1. Autism friendly Surrey Libraries: new library build and library re-fits to include this as standard


  1. Surrey Libraries staff training programme implemented and appropriate resources for loan
      3. Other library services and autism collections


  1. Surrey Libraries EVENTS programme to promote the SEND offer and our new relationship with Booktrust in support.




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