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OLA 2018: From Sensory Story Time to Job Skills
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From Sensory Story Time to Job Skills: Serving Youth with Special Needs at Your Library

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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Do you see a need for services for children with special needs in your library? Do you want to serve this demographic, but have no idea where to start? Hear from librarians who have done Sensory Story Times for younger children on the Spectrum, fun and exciting outreach to special education classes, and job skills workshops for older teens of all needs. Get ideas and inspiration on how to implement these services in and out of your library. The intent of this presentation is to offer librarians—at any service level or type of library—encouragement to plan these programs for customer groups that may have special needs

Presented by: Molly Dettmann, Heather Fellenstein, and Kirsten Walker
Sponsored by: Children's and Teen Services Roundtable
Designed for: Public libraries
Areas of interest: Children's services, Teen services

Molly Dettmann


Molly Dettmann is an Information Services Librarian for the Adult and Teen Information Services Department at the Moore Public Library. She loves working to build school and public library partnerships, providing fun and engaging teen programming, and reading all the Middle Grade and YA books out there while currently serving on the Intermediate Sequoyah Team for OLA.



Heather FellsteinHeather Fellenstein is a Library Associate in the Children's Department at the Moore Public Library. She has worked in children's services for 8 years and in library services for 12 years. She began her library career as shelver after she graduated from high school. Since then she has worked as a shelver, circulation clerk, and a library associate in Information Services before taking her current position. She is passionate about working with children and providing services for children with disabilities. In 2013, she was one of the first staff members at Pioneer Library System to host a sensory story time for children on the autism spectrum.


Kirsten Walker


Kirsten Walker is a librarian at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library, part of the Pioneer Library System, and has worked there for the past 6 years. She received her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. Kirsten is the current Chair of the Children and Teen Services Roundtable (CATS) and has served on the OLA Programming Committee and Sequoyah Reading Team in the past.

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