Mesa Public Library Partnership Brings New Sensory Programming to Los Alamos – Los Alamos Reporter


Through a collaboration between Mesa Public Library and Las Cumbres Community Services, a new Sensory Friendly Movement and Music program is offered free of charge to children ages 0-6 and their caregivers. The program will take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. starting March 9and. The program will be held at the new Las Cumbres Community Services site in the former Playschool Montessori building, 1060 Nugget St., Los Alamos.

Trained facilitators will use gentle movement, low lighting, natural voices, limited props, and plenty of personal space to create a welcoming and accepting program for neurodiverse children. Program staff welcomes feedback from families in order to provide the best possible program.

The partnership between Mesa Public Library and Las Cumbres grew out of the Community Educator’s Network, a monthly meeting of community educator minds hosted by Youth Services Librarian Melissa Mackey. Mackey understood that the library can be too stimulating a setting and saw an opportunity to bring the popular library program, Music and Movement, offsite to the Las Cumbres community. “We wanted it for a long time; patrons have expressed a need. Library staff are thrilled to partner with Las Cumbres to offer our most popular library program framed differently,” says Melissa.

Program dates are subject to change due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, and anyone interested in attending should contact the Mesa Public Library Youth Services Department for the most up-to-date information at (505) 668-8257.

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