AutismBC Lending Library re-opens for families and individuals affected by autism.
The AutismBC Lending Library officially re-opened this week after its relocation to the Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub, Richmond. The library which has been lending books and resources to families across the province since the early 80s was re-opened in its new home by AutismBC President Laurie Guerra. The event was attended by families and individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
With over 1,600 books, DVDs, and educational games, the AutismBC Lending Library is the biggest collection of autism specific resources covering the lifespan needs of an individual affected by autism in British Columbia. Although based in Richmond, BC the library will continue to ship resources free of charge to families across the province, with a free return shipping envelope included to make it accessible to all, regardless of location.
Andrew Pinfold, Director of Operations at AutismBC said “providing families across the province with access to information, support and education are the three pillars on which AutismBC was founded over 40 years ago. We are grateful to the Canucks Autism Network and the Pacific Autism Family Network for their generous donations, which ensured this library could become a central resource for families.”
As part of its re-opening the library is also launching new programs including Storytime and Music in Motion. Both programs will receive ongoing advisory support from SOAR Preschool and ET Music Therapy who are also based in the Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub.
“Creating opportunity for collaboration and better access to services for families is why the Pacific Autism Family Network and Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub was created” said Dawn McKenna, Executive Director Pacific Autism Family Network. “We are happy the Lending Library is now settled into its new home and can continue to benefit families across the province.”
Kaye Liao Banez, a parent and author, who led the first Storytime in the space with a reading from her book ‘See Yah in the Morning! A bedtime story’ said “Our family was so excited to be involved in this momentous event; the lending library is accessible to everyone and it was wonderful to meet families like us and share our story and our journey.”
“All our programs have been created specifically to serve families, children, and individuals affected by ASD but are open to everyone” says Autism BC’s Librarian Sabrina Gurniak. “Our aim is to provide individuals and families with a safe space where people on the autism spectrum can become familiar with library programs, giving them the confidence to access other programs and services available in many of BC’s wonderful public libraries.”