Supporting families of children with additional support needs

Our libraries provide a welcoming space to all families with access to a wide range of resources, e-resources and online databases e.g. Busy Things and Grid Club available through the network of libraries across Aberdeen. In addition, Bookbug sessions and other children’s events take place throughout the year.

Bookbug Primary 1 Family bags

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family bag is gifted to all children in Primary 1 during Book Week Scotland in  November. Gifting is usually in school but if your child is educated at home s/he is should still receive a bag. If you have any queries please contact bookbug@aberdeencity.gov.uk 
For children with additional support needs Call Scotland provide symbol sheets and digital versions of the books in the bag to enable all children to enjoy this resource. The books in the bag are the titles shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize with the winner chosen by children across Scotland.

New resources

Check out new titles available for families of children with additional support needs (ASN) through the online catalogue using the search techniques noted under Resources supporting ASN

You can reserve books online or at any library for free and collect them from any Aberdeen City library.

Familiarisation visits to libraries

If you have a child with ASN and would like to arrange a tailored familiarisation visit to your local library, please contact learningdevelopment@aberdeencity.gov.uk stating which library you would like to visit. 

Storyboards

We now have storyboard guides for the following libraries, created by our young volunteers, to let you see what the library looks like before you visit:

 

Get in touch to tell us if you have found them useful by emailing learningdevelopment@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Calming resources

Selections of calming resources e.g. tangles, liquid timers and ear defenders, are available at all Aberdeen City libraries for children with additional support needs who may become agitated or distressed during a visit to the library. Please ask staff for more details.

Resources supporting ASN

Download a copy of the documents below for full details of resources available in libraries and online. In addition there are collections of quick books and CDs for reluctant readers and those with dyslexia in Bucksburn, Central Children's, Culter, Kincorth, Mastrick and Torry Libraries. All quick read resources can be reserved online and sent to your chosen library. Just type 'quick reads' in the Advanced search 'Anywhere' box on the online catalogue and select Junior Fiction / Junior Non-fiction under Collections.


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