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Special Needs

GEPL Youth Department from the department entrance.The Glen Ellyn Public Library is a welcoming place for young people of all abilities. The library is currently expanding its services for youth with special needs and their families.

Visiting the Library

You can use the library’s Meet the Staff page as a tool to introduce Youth Department staff members to your child.

Download This Is My Library, a social story that can help prepare children for their visit to the library.

Sensory Saturday

The Youth Department offers a monthly Sensory Saturday program designed to engage your child’s senses with a variety of sensory art projects and sensory play. Sensory Saturday is an inclusive play group for children who receive therapy and is for kids from birth through 5 years of age.


The Youth Department has many great materials available for checkout! Ask staff about adapted books, Braille books, ebooks, and audiovisual materials. You can also check out this book list of resources for parents and teachers.

Classroom Visits

Staff love to get out in the community and visit Glen Ellyn classrooms, bringing books and other fun activities directly to your students. Staff are also open to hosting classroom visits at the library. To schedule a visit, please contact Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian, at or 630-790-6739.