NOTICE:Our May program with Linda McCann has been canceled but we have a new program with a similar theme that same day called, "It's Our War, Too! American Women in World War II." This program will start an hour earlier on Thursday, May 9 @ 5:00 PM. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Urbandale Public Library/Sensory Spaces

Sensory Spaces are Metro area libraries offering special hours for members of the public who appreciate a sensory-friendly environment.

Please contact each location to find out what will be offered at that library. (Schedule at bottom of the page.)

Check out upcoming Sensory Spaces at Urbandale Public Library

Watch our social story for a visual aid of what to expect at the library. 

What are some of the things you can expect at our Sensory Spaces events?

  • The library will have ear plugs, ear coverings, and more available for those who experience sensory defensiveness.
  • The lighting will be reduced throughout the library and there will be areas for noise and quiet.
  • Join our special guests from Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center in Johnston for a fun, interactive, sensory storytime! Our special guests are speech-language pathologists and will be offering fun read-aloud stories that include a variety of creative movement and sensory-based activities. Drop in Meeting Room B anytime during the Sensory Spaces event, as the storytime will repeat throughout the hour. 
  • A therapy animal will be available for attendees to take a moment to socialize with in the Magazine/ Reading Room.
  • In Meeting Room A organizations serving as critical supports in our community have been invited to attend the event to share information regarding their services.
  • Adults and teens can take a break in the Teen Area for coloring, games, and puzzles.
  • As always our friendly staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you utilize any of the regular resources that we offer including using a computer, checking out material, and more in an environment that is safe for sensory needs.

Metro Sensory Spaces Schedule 2024

Sunday, April 145:00 PM – 6:00 PMUrbandale Public Library
Saturday, May 43:00 PM – 4:00 PMWaukee Public Library
Sunday, June 212:00 PM – 1:00 PMGrimes Public Library
Saturday, July 203:00 PM – 4:00 PMWaukee Public Library
Sunday, August 185:00 PM – 6:00 PMUrbandale Public Library
Sunday, September 1512:00 PM – 1:00 PMGrimes Public Library
Saturday, October 53:00 PM – 4:00 PMWaukee Public Library
Sunday, November 241:00 PM – 2:00 PMUrbandale Public Library
Sunday, December 2912:00 PM – 1:00 PMGrimes Public Library