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Grapevine Public Library is one of a kind: First sensory-inclusive certified library in Texas

The library earned sensory-inclusive certification earlier this summer.

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Libraries are supposed to be quiet places, but the Grapevine Public Library has done something that speaks volumes.

Earlier this summer the library became the first sensory-inclusive certified library in Texas.

“We're hoping more join us, 'cause it's really a great thing to do,” said Grapevine library director Ruth Chiego.

It’s also quite necessary. One in six Americans has a sensory need.

That means, sometimes, being in public places like the library can be overwhelming. 

"It's important for us to be a welcoming environment, and I think this is one of those things," Chiego said.

So, to help those with sensory needs, the library has a quiet space with various activities that can be helpful. 

It also provides sensory kits with noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys and other items. There's even an app all to make sure everyone can enjoy the library.

"We want families to feel welcome here,” Chiego said. “We definitely would love for it to be a gathering place so this helps with that, too."

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