The High Point Public Library’s Borrow an Experience Program just celebrated its first anniversary and it’s now trying to do more in the second year of the successful initiative.
The program allows people to check out tickets to local children’s museums, theatres, recreation facilities and other businesses in the High Point area just as a person would check out a book. And it lets children whose families otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford certain experiences enjoy them none the less – all while (1) highlighting local organizations, and (2) building a stronger sense of community.
Currently, the High Point Library is partnering with the High Point Arts Council to offer more Borrow an Experience passes. One upcoming event is a “sensory-friendly” performance of “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats – a story that explores the day of a young boy who experiences snow fall for the first time in his life.
“Sensory friendly” performances are designed to keep audience members comfortable even if they have autism, sensory sensitivities or similar issues. To take one example of a modification, these performances don’t have any loud or startling sounds as part of the show.
Those who would like to attend through the program can check out tickets to the performance now.
High Point Library officials said they’re excited about working with the High Point Arts Council as its newest partner for the program.
In recent years, the High Point Library has been doing a great deal to become a more inclusive and inviting space for those with disabilities as well as for those in low-income households.
Two years ago, the library was certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards as a Certified Autism Center. Last year, the library began offering a monthly Sensory Friendly Story Time that’s been very well received.