Growing Imaginations is a Cork City Libraries service for adults with intellectual disabilities. It involves the creation of sensory tactile books that can be used by people with profound intellectual disabilities. The sensory components of the book are all stored in a specifically designed bag. The stories for the books are inspired by the adults themselves with help from their care workers and Cork writer Kevin Doyle thus ensuring that the books are subject appropriate. The components for the books are made by groups of adults with intellectual disabilities with the help of artists from Cork Textile Network. The venue for all workshops is Bishopstown Library.
The books may be borrowed by arrangement with Bishopstown Library for a month at a time by groups or individuals. The books may also be used on site in Bishopstown Library in one of the community rooms by groups by prior arrangement.
If you wish to borrow a book please contact Paul O'Regan in Bishopstown Library (021) 492 4959 or to arrange a group visit please contact Fionuala Ronan (021) 492 4953.
The Sensory Books in a Bag project is sponsored by Bishopstown Credit Union, Spec Savers Wilton, The Wilton Shopping Centre and Cork City Council.