On Thursday 19th July, the Mayor of Merton opened the borough’s first children’s sensory library. Located in the heart of Morden, this new space is an addition to Morden library and offers an environment where children can utilise their senses to play, learn, and discover.
Whilst features such as the grass carpeting and the magical forest seating make this new space look very enchanting, there are some additional sensory resources that the children can benefit from during their visits. These include the following;
- Forest sounds and smells.
- Sensory play equipment.
- Themed story-times.
- Arts and crafts activities.
As Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture quite rightly stated “Libraries are no longer just a place to sit in silence and read a book – they are also community areas where people can learn, play and explore. The new sensory library is another illustration of Merton being a great place for families. Our award winning library service goes from strength to strength and we are thrilled that we are finding innovative ways to help children learn to read and build their communication skills, giving them the best foundations to develop.”
With the sensory library proving to be a great addition to Morden Library itself, we also celebrate this new space as one that children and young families can benefit from in the years to come. Speaking of the development of our libraries, let’s not forget the fantastic Arts Spaces at both Wimbledon and Mitcham library which both offer flexible areas for people of all ages within the wider community to come together for various events and activities. See more on the Merton Council website.
Written by Genevieve Etienne-Farrell