Mayor of Merton opens first sensory library in Merton

From magical forest seating and grass carpets to paintings of beloved book characters, children in Merton can now immerse themselves in the wonderful world of make-believe thanks to Merton Council’s new sensory library.

The children’s sensory library was officially opened by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Mary Curtin today (Thursday 19 July). The first of its kind in the borough, Morden Library has transformed its children’s area into a space that appeals to the senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing, all helping to improve communication skills whilst encouraging reading and giving children somewhere fun to learn.

Mayor Of Merton opening sensory area

Mayor of Merton, Cllr Mary Curtin and Anthony Hopkins, Head of Library Services opening Merton’s first sensory library.

Sensory resources on offer include:

  • Forest sounds and smells.
  • Sensory play equipment.
  • Magical forest seating and furniture.
  • Themed story-times.
  • Arts and crafts activities.

Sensory equipment in Morden Library

Mayor of Merton Councillor Mary Curtin said: “I am delighted to open the borough’s first children’s sensory library. I am really pleased that our children and their families will benefit from this new area.”

Sensory equipment at Morden Library

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper added: “Libraries are no longer just a place to sit in silence and read a book – they are also community areas where people can learn, play and explore. The new sensory library is another illustration of Merton being a great place for families. Our award winning library service goes from strength to strength and we are thrilled that we are finding innovative ways to help children learn to read and build their communication skills, giving them the best foundations to develop.”

The children’s sensory library is part of Morden Library, for opening hours and facilities visit Merton libraries website.