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Library sessions for the senses

Published: 29 August 2017

Library sessions for the senses
A child getting hands-on at the Marsden Library’s sensory space.

The spotlight is being turned on a different human sense each month at Logan City Council’s Marsden Library.

City Lifestyle and Customer Services Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said sensory exploration sessions were being held to provide an opportunity for families with young children to interact with toys, games and educational resources aimed to engage a range of senses.

“We all experience and respond to our environment in different ways,” Cr Swenson said.

“Children are always learning and they need opportunities to explore their senses.  

“You can often see a child’s dramatic reactions to their environment.
How we react to touch, taste, sight and sound can impact learning.”

Cr Swenson said sensory exploration sessions were running in the coming months as part of a dedicated sensory space at Marsden Library.

“During these sessions games and equipment are used to help explore the senses in a way that is appropriate for children in a fun, relaxed environment.

“They will give the children and their families a way to explore their senses in a way which makes them feel safe, secure and engaged.”

The upcoming sessions at The Sensory Space include:

  • Social Emotions: 20 September – 10.30am
  • Fine Motor Skills: 7 October – 11am and 18 October – 10.30am.

Bookings are required for all sessions and can be made by contacting your local library or go online to

Cr Swenson said the library’s dedicated sensory space had proved to be popular since it was launch in December 2015.

“We were lucky to be able to establish this special space through funding from council and a Vision 2017 State Library of Queensland grant.

“The space is a hands-on environment for all children to explore and play and learn through technology, touch, sight, sound and movement.

“It was developed in partnership with sector and industry specialists and features play-based equipment including a bubble tube, touch screen, tablets and wall toys.”

Families and children 0-12 are welcome to use the free equipment whenever they are visiting Marsden Library.

Play groups, schools, and childcare centres or other groups are also welcome, but need to book.

Kits for families and groups to use with children are also available including social and emotions, tactile, fine co-ordination, auditory, visual, relaxation and switch toys.