Launch of ‘The Cubbie’ at Listowel Library

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Listowel Library has added a Sensory Hub to its range of services. ‘The Cubbie @ Listowel Library’ was launched by Cllr. Jimmy Moloney, Cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council at Listowel Library on Friday, 29 April and he complimented the range of services that are now available across Kerry libraries and urged the people of North Kerry to come in and use this new sensory resource. 
 
‘The Cubbie’ is a self-contained unit that will offer a user experience for children, teens and adults with sensory impairments (ASD, Dementia, ADHD, Dyspraxia and general anxiety) and can help ease anxiety in a safe and private environment. Its user-friendly software can generate effects like sound, visuals, coloured lights and can be adapted to the individualised sensory needs of each user.
 
Settings can be saved and used during future visits to Listowel Library or indeed any of the other Cubbie locations across Ireland.
 
‘The Cubbie’ will offer increased opportunity for more inclusive access to library services, and it will support Listowel in its objective to achieving accreditation from AsIam (www.asiam.ie) as an Autism Friendly Town.
 
‘Library staff look forward to engaging with the local community – parents, teachers, carers, Special Needs Assistants and the Listowel Autism Friendly Town Committee to promote the benefits and developmental value of ‘The Cubbie’,’ said County Librarian, Tommy O’Connor.
 
‘Anyone is welcome to use this service and it can be used as a safe space for anyone seeking a calming environment in which to relax and refocus. It is also suitable for meditation, mindfulness and promoting well-being,’ he said.
 
Provision of ‘The Cubbie’ was facilitated by Dormant Accounts Funding, as part of a Government of Ireland initiative from the Dept. Of Community and Rural Development to provide Library Supports for Marginalised, Socially Excluded and Disadvantaged Communities. Kerry County Council provided matched funding.
 
‘The Cubbie’ is designed and manufactured in Ireland and won a Microsoft for Start-ups Diversity in Technology Award for Disability Inclusion in 2020. It is designed to the Wheelchair Association of Ireland specification and can be used by all people regardless of age, size or ability.
 
The current opening hours at Listowel Library are 10.00am to 8.00pm each Tuesday and 10.00am to 5.00pm on Monday and Wednesday through to Saturday. For further information on all library services contact 068-23044 or email listowel@kerrylibrary.ie

Pictured at the launch of “The Cubbie” Sensory unit at Listowel Library on Friday, 29th April are  from left; Cllr. Jimmy Moloney, Cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council, Alexia Belova-Ní Fhlannagáin, Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail, Tommy O’ Connor, County Librarian and Maria Doyle, Librarian, Listowel Library.

Photo: Pauline Dennigan