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Province’s autism lending library finds new home

Martin van den Hemel   Oct-26-2017

Author Kaye Banez with her family, leading the first StoryTime at the re-opening of the AutismBC Lending Library.

Photo courtesy AutismBC Lending Library

AutismBC’s lending library has a new home.

After lending books and resources to families across the province since the early 1980s, the library re-opened this week in Sea Island’s Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub.



Sporting a collection of more than 1,600 books, DVDs and educational games, the library has the biggest collection of autism-specific resources covering the lifespan needs of those affected by autism.

The library will continue to ship, for free, resources to families across B.C., in addition to providing a free return shipping envelope to ensure equal accessibility, regardless of location.

“Providing families across the province with access to information, support and education are the three pillars on which AutismBC was founded over 40 years ago,” said Andrew Pinfold, AutismBC’s director of operations. “We are grateful to the Canucks Autism Network and the Pacific Autism Family Network for their generous donations, which ensured this library could become a central resource for families.”

Aside from a new home, the library will also be offering new programming, including Storytime and Music in Motion, which receive ongoing support from SOAR Preschool and ET Music Therapy.

“Creating opportunity for collaboration and better access to services for families is why the Pacific Autism Family Network and Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub was created,” said Pacific Autism Family Network’s Dawn McKenna. “We are happy the lending library is now settled into its new home and can continue to benefit families across the province.”

Richmond’s Kaye Banez, a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and the author of a book inspired by her son, led the first Storytime in the space by reading from that book, See Yah in the Morning! A bedtime story.

“Our family was so excited to be involved in this momentous event; the lending library is accessible to everyone and it was wonderful to meet families like us and share our story and our journey,” Banez said.

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