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MDPLS Supports Autism Acceptance Month

The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers a wide range of sensory friendly programs and events year-round. In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month in April, we invite you to check out our featured online programs designed to be accessible for those with varied abilities, along with resources and recommended reads to promote increased awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Library Social Stories
I'm Going to The Library
The purpose of this document is to assist in preparing your loved one for a visit to the library.

Recommended Reads
Browse our collection of book titles about autism in both English and Spanish.   

Talking Books
The Talking Books Library program loans audio and Braille books and magazines, along with a player, free by mail to persons who have difficulty reading or using printed books and other materials.

Featured Online Programs

These programs are available to families and children of all abilities.

Online Event: Creative Relaxation Yoga for Kids and Families

Kids and the whole family can join us for fun with songs and simple exercises designed to release tension, build strength and balance, and improve flexibility. This yoga class will use visual cues to make the movements more accessible for those on the autism spectrum and those with varied abilities. 

Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 8 years and up.

Saturday, April 3, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
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Coral Reef Branch Library is hosting this online event. 

Saturday, April 10, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
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Pinecrest Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Saturday, April 17, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
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Miami Beach Regional Library is hosting this online event.

Online Event: Tween Team Thursdays - Sensory Self Portrait

Join us online as we create a three-dimensional sensory portrait using items you may have at home.

Materials needed: paper or cardboard, glue, dried beans, noodles, buttons, cotton balls, flowers, seeds and any other small object.

Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 8 - 12 years.

Saturday, April 8, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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The Coconut Grove and Kendale Lakes Branch Libraries are hosting this online event.

Online Event: Rockin' and Readin'

Does your child like music? Join us online as we create our own unique tunes with a board certified music therapist who engages kids at all levels of development.

Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 3 - 12 years.

Saturday, April 17, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
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Westchester Regional Library is hosting this online event. 

Online Event: Bedtime Stories

Wear your pajamas and cuddle up with your favorite stuffed toy! Join us online for warm, cozy bedtime stories and sensory friendly activities for the entire family.

Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. All ages.

Locations and dates vary. Click below for a complete list of locations.
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The Coral Reef and Kendale Lakes Branch Libraries are hosting this online event. 

Online Event: Jiggle Wiggle

Join us for fun exercises as we promote motor and sensory development in children. Children of all abilities are welcome. The class is presented by an occupational therapist.

Recommended: Wear comfortable clothes. Avoid eating 30 minutes before class. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 4 years and up.

Monday, April 19, 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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West Kendall Regional Library is hosting this online event. 

Monday, April 26, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
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West Flagler Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Friday, April 30, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
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Little River Branch Library is hosting this online event.