Wood Buffalo Regional Library Receives Canada Post Community Foundation Grant

By Nicole Andrews on November 18th, 2020

Wood Buffalo Regional Library (WBRL) has been approved to receive a $10,000 grant from the Canada Post Community Foundation for a new project, “Sensory Story Time” in Fort McMurray, AB.

Our goal is to provide special needs children and their families an opportunity to attend Sensory Story Time, a monthly drop-in program that encourages children to create, explore, and learn through play. Program would include songs and story books followed by sensory playtime. Targeted age group is 0-12 years old. Program would include the use of a visual schedule and impact books. Impact books are regular books that have been adapted to use questions and a book specific communication board. This would allow non-verbal children to answer questions as well. It would include a sensory walk route. If a child needed a break, during the sensory story time, they could follow a set path that had movement options and hidden tactile objects at their level to touch as they moved around the library. It would aid those children who are sensory seekers and thus give a needed break to a child.

We want to encourage families with special needs to not only attend our program, but foster a sense of community and understanding. Giving families an opportunity to network and build friendships with other families. WBRL offers a safe place to foster Sensory Story time.

Funds received from Canada Post Community Foundation will be used to purchase sensory seating, adaptive equipment, Impact books, sensory learning toys and other sensory related supplies required for the program. Sensory Story Time will be implemented sometime in 2021. During the pandemic, programs will be provided virtually until it is safe to bring in person programs back into the Library.

“WBRL is thrilled to have received the support of the Canada Post Community Foundation and we are confident this very much needed program will allow us to offer a

program that will make a huge impact for children with special needs and their families”, says Manager, Marketing & Fund Development, Dawn Sidoroff.

“Canada Post is proud to help organizations and projects that make a difference in the lives of Canadian children and youth. Through the generosity of our customers, the Canada Post Community Foundation is able to fund important programs in communities across the country every year.”

About Wood Buffalo Regional Library

We continuously offer new programming and technologies to help you stay curious and stay informed.

We’ll help you explore, discover, enjoy, embrace it all – online or in real life.

WBRL is the place to experience it all!

Our collection offers over 150,000 items. Free Memberships. Free programs for newborn to senior. Computer works. Meeting rooms. Online resources. Outreach services. Rural services and more. Visit https://www.wbrl.ca/

About Canada Post Community Foundation

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children’s vision is to help ensure every child in Canada is happy, healthy and part of a community that supports and cares for them. Its mission is to have a positive effect in the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, school programs or local initiatives that benefit children. It has granted more than $9 million to over 750 community organizations across Canada. To learn more about the Foundation, visit canadapost.ca/community.

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Sensory Story Time Contact:

Sheri Anthony

Manager, Community Services

Wood Buffalo Regional Library

780-792-5149

Sheri.anthony@wbrl.ca