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Special Events

Special Events

For the first time this year, Reading Together will feature a more age-appropriate title for younger readers.

In Laura J. Burns' The Case of the Prank That Stank, seventh-graders Agatha Wong and Orville Wright, who has Asperger's syndrome, try to prove that the prank they organized did not cause the fire that burned down their rival school's field house.

Tuesday February 20, 2007 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Sensory Experience Classroom

Experience a wide variety of sensory stimuli that may help you better understand one aspect of autism by simulating the perceptions of those on the autism spectrum. Western Michigan University and KRESA occupational therapy departments developed this classroom. Drop-in at the following times:

Monday, February 19, 6:00-7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 20, 1:30-2:30 pm; 6:00-7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 21, 1:30-2:30 pm; 6:00-7:00 pm

The Sensory Experience Classroom will move to Portage District Library on Monday, March 5, open hours 1:30-2:30 pm and 6:00-7:00 pm.

 

Location: KPL Central

Tuesday February 20, 2007 7:00 PM -

Tips for Making Your Services Autism Friendly

Visits to doctors, dentists, and hair stylists can be overwhelming for people with autism and other disabilities. Even going to the grocery store or eating in a restaurant may be too difficult for families with a child or young adult with autism. The environment service providers create can make a huge difference. Physicians, nurses, dentists, hygienists, hair stylists, and restaurant and store managers are invited to learn about the challenges families face and get some practical ideas to make access to services easier for people with autism. You can also plan to visit the sensory experience classroom during the hour before this presentation

Location: KPL Central

Tuesday February 20, 2007 7:00 PM -

The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

“If I had not been what I am, what would I have been?” wonders Lou Arrendale, the hero of this compelling exploration of the concept of “normalcy” and what might happen when medical science attains the knowledge to “cure” adult autism. This is a discussion of a related book, The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon.

Location: Kazoo Books II Antiquarian Annex

Tuesday February 20, 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Autism and Other Ways of Knowing

Over four sessions, we will broaden and deepen our picture of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through reading texts by and about those on the spectrum: Temple Grandin, Clara Parks, Judy and Paul Karasik, and Mark Haddon. We’ll begin the first session with Grandin’s Emergence. Books are available at the Kalamazoo College Bookstore and Kazoo Books. Led by Bruce Mills, English professor at Kalamazoo College and autism advocate. Registration and $52 fee required; call 337-7354.

Location: K College Stryker Center

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Past Books

2006: The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien2005: The Color of Water, by James McBride2004: Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich2003: Fehrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
   Questions? Contact Joan Hawxhurst: readingtogether@kpl.gov or (269) 553-7913.