Sacramento Public Library

Autism and special needs services

Discover the many services we provide to assist autistic and special needs patrons and their families.

Sensory Storytime

Join our special monthly storytimes for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more. There will be lots of time for parents to network with others, and siblings are welcome. Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the Library.

Carmichael - Second Saturday, 10 a.m.

North Natomas - Fourth Saturday, 10 a.m.

Rancho Cordova - Second Thursday, 10 a.m.
                        - Fourth Thursday, 10 a.m.

                                 Southgate - First Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

                                 Sylvan Oaks - First Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
                                                    - Third Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Autism-Friendly Family Movie

Enjoy our monthly family movie events for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. Toddlers and preschoolers without autism are welcome too. Lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don't need to remain seated while enjoying the movie.

Southgate - Third Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sylvan Oaks - Fourth Saturday, 10 a.m.

We Speak Library - Communication Device

Patrons who are non-verbal or less-verbal can communicate with Library staff using our We Speak Library communication tablets. Picture symbols are used to help adults and children request library materials, find their way around the Library and more.

Available at:
Rancho Cordova
Sylvan Oaks

"This Is My Library" - Social Story book

Introduce your family to an individual Library branch through photos so they will know what to expect on their first visit.

Available at all locations.


Library Insiders - for adults with special needs

Library Insiders offers adults and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and spectrum disorders an opportunity to become familiar with library resources and facilities, and to feel comfortable using the Library and interacting with staff.

Central - First Tuesday, 11 a.m.
Franklin - First Monday, 10 a.m.
Galt - Second Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Southgate - Third Tuesday, 10 a.m.
Sylvan Oaks - Second Tuesday, 10 a.m.
Valley Hi - North Laguna - Third Thursday, 10 a.m.

To schedule a group visit or for more information, contact Jennifer Harmonson at​ or call 916-264-2920.

Join the AccessAbility Meetup group
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