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  • TRC self-advocates enjoy visiting Fluvanna Library

    The Resource Center is grateful to all of the area libraries that provide a welcoming space for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    The Fluvanna Library is a favorite location for some people who participate in TRC’s Community Habilitation Program. Staff report that library employees are happy when TRC visits. Here’s what Community Hab staff and participants had to say about the library:

    Chelsea Soderberg, Community Coach: “I love walking into the Fluvanna Library and being welcomed with smiles. These ladies are so sweet and accommodating to us!”

    Naomi Batista, Community Coach: “I like it because they make you feel welcome and also our individuals.”

    Mike Kibbler supports Carl Pillittieri in using one of the library’s computers.

    Becky Bush, self-advocate: “I like it be cause Lynn (the Library Director) gives me magazines!”

    Nancy Barr, self-advocate:   “I like the library because the librarians are very nice and sweet.”

    Dianna Monn, Community Coach: “My individuals enjoy coming here because staff is so welcoming.”

    Melissa Bailey, self-advocate: “I like the library! It’s nice! It’s quiet, and I can do puzzles and crafts.”

    Sue Pyszczek, self-advocate: “I like the Fluvanna Library. It’s so cozy!”

    Jessica Riquer, Community Coach: “Assistant Librarian Anne French is such a caring person, willing to help any person at all times. She always has a smile on her face. She makes us all feel welcome.”

    Erin Mikula, self-advocate: “This place is awesome! I love that I get to watch things on the computer. Everyone is very nice to me!”

    Cassandra Robison, Community Coach: “The Fluvanna Library offers a welcoming venue for TRC staff and those they support where we can use computers, complete puzzles, craft, and color. The Library Director and the Assistant Librarian, as well as the wonderful staff of volunteers, always greet us with a smile. People enjoy their visits here. For some of us, the library has become an important daily stop.”

    Pictured from left are, sitting, self-advocates Carl Pillittieri and Becky Bush; and, standing, Community Coaches Chelsea Soderberg and Naomi Batista; Lynn Grundstrom, Library Director; Community Coach Sandy Robison; self-advocate Erin Mikula; Community Coach Mike Kibbler; and self-advocates Nancy Barr and Melissa Bailey.

    200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701