The Clearwater Public Library System strives to be a welcoming place for people of all abilities.
Clearwater Main Library is “Autism Friendly.” We maintain a collection of books about Autism and library staff has received training from the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The training included an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders and provided helpful suggestions to make all library patrons welcome.
CARD created Visual Support Stories to help you prepare for and understand what to expect during your visit to our library. Follow the links for a tour of the children's area, the teen room, and the storytime room.
Sensory Storytime at Main
Sensory Storytime is designed for children and teens on the autism spectrum, as well as those who are sensitive to sensory overload. Parental or caregiver attendance is required. Call 562-4970 and ask for Mercedes Bleattler for details.
Boxes of supplies and small toys are available for your visit; just request one from the the Youth Services desk on the 2nd floor. We also offer a newly renovated, expanded indoor play area.
For the Visually Impaired
- The Main Library offers Braille books for children and all libraries offer audiobooks.
- Pinellas Talking Book Library is a free service to residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. The Pinellas Talking Book Library staff provides recorded, Braille and large-print books and magazines as well as a collection of descriptive videos.
For the Hearing Impaired
A Video Relay Service (VRS) for the hearing impaired is available for public use on the third floor of the Main Library. For assistance, please inquire at the Reference desk.
A wheelchair is available at the Main, Countryside, and East libraries for your use during your visit to the library.