Born to Stand Out: A Special Needs Storytime
By Office of Communication
Posted on January 03, 2018, January 03, 2018

Wow! Said the Owl Book

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?- - Dr. Seuss

The Arlington Public Library's Born to Stand Out storytime, which launched last year, offers a welcoming atmosphere for children of all ages and abilities. Come explore this"choose-your-own-adventure- type of storytime through hands-on, sensory-friendly activities as well as music and movement.

Born to Stand Out is currently scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of every month from now through April at the Southwest Branch Library. The program is designed to create a comfortable setting for children with special needs and their families to play, learn, sing and experience storytime together. Some features include a privacy tent for children who don't feel comfortable in the center of the room, fidget toys for those who need to keep their hands busy during storytime, as well as mess-free finger painting and puzzles.

“There's no pressure for the whole group to do the same thing. You can choose to play, you can listen to the story, you can do a craft. No one has to act a certain way. You can just be who you are and enjoy what the library has to offer,- Librarian Lisa Smant said.

This early literacy program aligns with City Council priority to Support Quality Education.

Born to Stand Out

Don't miss the next Born to Stand Out storytime at the Southwest Branch Library, 3311 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. For more info, visit

  • Friday, January 5, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, February 2, 2018 - 10: 30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, April 6. 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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