Children with Special Needs

Westlake Porter Public Library offers a variety of tools and programs to improve access for our community.

Introducing the Sensory Break Box!

Break box items with brothers

WPPL is excited to share with you our new Sensory Break Box!

The box contains a few tools such as noise-canceling headphones, a wobble seat, a weighted pad, foam roller, fidget toys and bubble timers that may be used by any patron in the building to help ensure a successful visit to the library.

Visiting the Library

We know visiting the library can be a challenge for families. Here is a social story to read with your child about visiting us!

Special Needs Collection

Print book and DVD resources for families raising children with special needs

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Special Needs iPad

Photo of WPPL's iPad loaded with special needs apps

The Youth Services Department has an iPad for use in special needs programming. Patrons are welcome to check-out the iPad while visiting the library to test a variety of apps focusing on encouraging children with special needs.


We strive to offer quality, adaptive programming for children with special needs and are always open to feedback and program suggestions.

Programs offered include:

  • Adapted Storytime
  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • Sensation Stations
  • Sensory-Friendly Movies

Visit the library event calendar to register for upcoming programs.

Coming to Adapted Storytime? Here is a social story all about what you can expect at storytime!

To Contact Youth Services

Call: (440) 250-5471
Or to email the department, go to our Contact Page and choose "Youth Services/Teen" from the drop down menu.

Community Resources

Looking to connect with others who will understand your situation? Consider contacting these local organizations who provide parent support and opportunities for families with children with special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Photo of volunteer Tyrone helping parents and children with parachute playVolunteer opportunities within the Youth Services Department are available for those ages 14+ with developmental or intellectual disabilities. If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, download an application and return it to the library.

For more information contact Rebecca Shook at 440-250-5471.

Adults with Special Needs

What about adults with special needs?

All of our tools are open for use by adults and their adult family members with special needs.

Next Chapter Book Club

WPPL hosts Next Chapter Book Club! NCBC is an opportunity for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities to make friends, enjoy books and have fun on a regular basis.

Crafty Adults is a monthly program dedicated for adults with special needs.

Check our event calendar for more programs.