Local libraries join the Family Place network

Local libraries join the Family Place network

The Theodore Johns Library is hosting Family Place workshops from Nov. 15 through Dec. 13. Parents or caregivers and children are welcome to attend.

Family Place workshops are for parents and children ages 1 to 3.5 years old, and include play-based activities with toys, books and art and opportunities to talk to specialists about child development and literacy. Family Place Libraries is a program that began in 1996 in Long Island, New York, and now includes over 300 libraries nationwide. Their mission is “to increase the role of the public library as a community hub for healthy child and family development and lifelong learning beginning at birth.”

Robin Smith, children’s librarian, and Geri Roberts, assistant library administrator, attended Family Place Libraries training last year. The training encourages libraries to reach out to families that are not currently library users and having a welcoming space to encourage children to come to the library, including age-appropriate books and learning toys.

Earlier this summer, the Theodore Johns library opened a new expanded play area for infants to age 5. “This improve space is part of the library’s initiative to join the Family Place Libraries network,” the City of Beaumont said in a press release.