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At the Library Social Story, Parts 1-2

Overview

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of the library to individuals with autism.

Part 1: What is the library

A building with the words

We are going to the library.

A smiling boy stands between two bookshelves.

The library is a place where I can look at, read, or borrow books.

A woman in a wheelchair sits behind a desk with a computer in front of a bookshelf.

This is also where I return books I borrowed. It is important to return books so that other people can use them.

A smiling boy stands reading a magazine with the word

They also have magazines, videos, and music.

A circular clock and daily calendar are shown in the center of the image.

My library may be closed on holidays and at other times.

A hand holds a smart phone in the center of the image.

I can call my library to find out if they are open.

One boy stands behind a computer at a desk in front of a bookshelf. Another boy stands next to him on the right.

There are many things to do at the library. I can use the computer.

One boy stands behind a computer at a desk in front of a bookshelf. Another boy on his right says,

When I use the library’s computer, it is on a timer. When my time runs out, I may need to let someone else use it.

A hand hovers over a smart tablet in the center of the image.

I can also bring my phone, iPad, or other devices to the library to use there.

A room with two chairs, books, a teddy bear, blocks, a toy train, and a ball.

There may be a children’s room at my library.

A toy train, board game, and teddy bear are shown in the center of the image.

Sometimes, there are games and toys that I can play with in the children's room.

A smiling boy on the left holds out a teddy bear to another boy on the right.

I may have to share games and toys and let someone else use them.

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Part 2: Finding what I need

A girl reads a book sitting on a bench in front of a bookshelf.

At the library, people are reading and working quietly.

A smiling boy stands in front of a bookshelf and says,

I will try to be quiet when I talk at the library.

A smiling boy stands by a table and beanbag chairs in a room with a bookshelf and couch that reads

I can ask the librarian if I can use a quiet space if I need a break.

A woman in a wheelchair and a smiling boy are shown in front of a row of bookshelves.

The library has rules. I can ask library staff if I am unsure about the rules.

A smiling boy stands next to a large stack of books. A woman in a wheelchair on the left says,

Sometimes I might not be allowed to do things I want to do, such as borrow too many books or videos.

Several bookshelves are shown next to each other with hundreds of books on various subjects.

There are many books at the library. I may need help finding what I need.

A smiling boy stands behind a desk with a computer next to a bookshelf.

To find a book, I can type its name on the computer. The computer will tell us where ot find the book.

A smiling boy stands between two bookshelves.

I can also look for books on the bookshelves.

A smiling boy stands behind a desk with a computer next to a woman in a wheelchair.

I can ask library staff for help finding a book.

A receipt with the author, title, and floor and section of the book.

Sometimes you can find books by author or subject.

A frowning boy stands to the right of a tall bookshelf.

The book I want may not be available at the library.

A boy stands to the right of a woman in a wheelchair sitting at a desk with a computer.

I can ask library staff when it will be back at the library so I can borrow it another time.

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Part 1 What is the library pdf Download file: Part 1
Part 2 Finding what I need pdf Download file: Part 2

This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.