Salem Library hosts "Sensory Night" for kids with autism

SALEM, Va, (WDBJ7) - The Salem library will extend its hours Friday night especially for kids and young adults with autism.

Friday night is sensory night at the Salem Public Library. Families who have children with autism can check out books and movies, get library cards, and use computers without having to worry about being quiet.

Local autism advocacy, care and education groups will also be on hand for fun activities.

"We've heard that a lot of times families with children with special needs will often avoid the library because they're concerned about how people are going to perceive their child's behavior or that they're going to get shushed or kicked out or something," said Emily Metrock, the Children's Librarian at the Salem Library. "And that was devastating of course to hear that because we want the library to be open and welcoming for everyone."

Sensory night is Friday from 5:30 to 7:30. Salem will host this event every first Friday of the month for the rest of the summer.