Well-Able is a free community service providing accurate up-to-date information on disability and disability support services across the Wellington region. They have developed free resources and provide picture books for educators to teach about disability and acceptance in preschools and primary schools and wanted these resources further accessible by making them available at public libraries such as Hutt City Libraries.
Lancinne from Well-Able says “There’s not a lot of children’s literature out there about disability, but picture books are an effective and successful way of opening up a conversation which could subsequently enable a child to understand and accept disability in real life.” Well-Able hope that their initiative to provide books to schools and libraries will reduce stigmatization, bullying, and ostracization of people with disabilities, particularly among school aged children and young adults.
Well-Able has donated 25 picture books featuring a wide variety of disabilities to complement books already available at the Library. “We’re delighted to accept this generous donation of beautiful books from Well-Able. We see such a collection as demonstrating the power of books and reading to open up really important conversations in our communities about understanding and supporting people who are differently-abled,” said Hutt City Libraries Manager, Kat Cuttriss.
The 25 titles are now accessible for anyone with a Hutt City Libraries’ card. The full collection can be viewed online and reserved for pick-up from your local library.
Don’t forget that from 1 July there are no more overdue fines on items for children and teens at Hutt City Libraries! Korero with staff at your local library to find out more.