Family Place Library
What is a Family Place Library?
A Family Place Library is a center for early childhood information, parent education, socialization, emergent literacy, and family support. Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parent involvement, and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s early development. We believe that literacy starts at birth and that public libraries can play an important role in supporting families.
Key Features of a Family Place Library
- Developmentally appropriate programming for young children (ages 0-5) and their families.
- Collections of books, toys, and other materials for babies, toddlers, parents, and caregivers.
- A specially designed space for young children and their families to play and learn together.
- Outreach to young children and their parents/caregivers
- The Play and Learn Workshop
What is the Play and Learn Workshop?
The Play and Learn Workshop is a five-week program that brings together toddlers (ages 1-3) and their parents or caregivers in an informal setting with resource people from local agencies. Parents can play and interact with their children as they learn strategies to support their role as their child’s first teacher. Parents can also ask questions and get answers from the resource people and their peers. Session topics include early literacy, child development, speech/hearing development, nutrition, and play/movement.