Community | Special Needs Library
Our Special Needs Library was started with a grant from the State of Ohio Library Board and funding from the Holmes County Association for Handicapped Citizens in the summer of 2007. It is connected to our Holmes County District Public Library. Anyone with a library card can access these books on disabilities and educational toys. It is open when the Training Center is open and has a self-check out computer so patrons can check out or order materials even if a staff is not present. We belong to the statewide library network so anyone from another library can borrow these books on disabilities and our patrons can borrow books from other libraries. We contract with the Ohio State library for a cargo service to move books between libraries. The Holmes County Association for Handicapped Citizens uses $2,000.00 from the Spring Festival proceeds to help us buy new books every year. In 2011 we bought 20 new books on autism. Sharon Gray, our school secretary, maintains the library and helps patrons with borrowing books or toys. The toys are only loaned to residents of Holmes County. Our therapists really like the toys that they can borrow and leave with a family for a month to help their infant with therapy goals.