Midleton Library is giving families with children on the autism spectrum a chance to get into the festive spirit this weekend. As a visit to Santa can be stressful for some families due to loud noise, bright lights and long queues, a Sensory Santa will be joining the Christmas Fairy at the Library for their annual festive story telling event. The youngsters and their immediate family will be able to join the jolly old Elf and his helpers as they bring sack loads of festive cheer.
As in previous years, the Midleton service is providing the Sensory Santa so that children with Autism can enjoy their visit in a controlled way by taking into account their sensory needs. Head Librarian, Anne-Marie Kenneally, said that extra slots have been allotted for this free event on Saturday 17 November, as space filled up quickly last year. “It’s important that space is booked so that children can have the best Christmas experience possible and, taking their sensory needs taken into account, we will be dimming the lights and reducing the sound.” commented the Head Librarian.
Families are asked to register in advance to help keep the event organised. Those interested in registering for a visit to Santa 4:00pm – 5:00pm can contact Midleton Library on 021-461 3929. Between 2:00pm and 3:00pm the Christmas Fairy will be available for story telling in the children’s section, and the Elves will be on hand to help the little ones write their Christmas Wish List.