Sensory-friendly matinee comes to Waco library

Posted at 6:47 PM, Jan 07, 2017
and last updated 2018-11-03 15:19:44-04

South Waco Library held its first ever sensory-friendly movie. 

The idea came in anticipation of an author who adopted an autistic child and will be visiting the library in February. 

The library took into consideration the lighting and volume, making sure it wasn't too dark or too loud. 

Families were encouraged to bring blankets and pillows to watch "Mary Poppins." 

"I wanted to choose something a little different and 'Mary Poppins' is full of music and animation, and it's just a fun, happy movie," said South Waco Library Branch Manager Barbara Frank. "...I thought it would be good for the whole family." 

Animal crackers and water were served during the movie and children were free to move around without having to worry about being a distraction. 

Frank said that she wants to learn from parents on how to best suit children with autism and provide them with a fun and friendly event each month. 

The event was the first of many to come and the next will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.

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