New mobile library 'Discovery Den' for Warwickshire libraries - The Coventry Observer

New mobile library 'Discovery Den' for Warwickshire libraries

Coventry Editorial 30th Mar, 2024   0

WARWICKSHIRE County Council has secured funding to launch a new sensory mobile library named the Discovery Den.

The project aims to provide a safe and inclusive space for children, young people, and adults with additional and more complex needs.

Through funding from the Libraries Improvement Fund – administered by the Arts Council England – Warwickshire County Council has secured £373,000 over three years for the programme.

The Discovery Den will feature an immersive and interactive sensory room environment, fully equipped and accessible to engage people through creativity, imagination, and sensory stimulation.

This programme aims to build confidence, social skills, and literary abilities while providing a welcoming space for everyone.

The mobile library will travel to various communities across Warwickshire, ensuring that those who may find traditional library settings challenging still have access to valuable resources and support.




Coun Yousef Dahmash, portfolio holder for customer and transformation, said: “We are already embracing sensory support as part of our child friendly offer in Warwickshire Libraries, with our sensory story time sessions, accessibility guides and resources available to borrow when visiting, and the Discovery Den will enhance this further.

“It enables us to take the library service into local communities across the county supporting and inspiring an ongoing journey of discovery, connection and imagination.”


Sensory play is recognised as a vital tool for educating children of all abilities, as it promotes sensory development and aids in building essential skills.

Warwickshire Libraries continues to innovate and expand its services, with plans to launch two new electric mobile libraries later this year.

Visit warwickshire.gov.uk/mobilelibraries to discover more about the mobile library fleet and its services.

 

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