We are proud to be a part of a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by promoting healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 400 sites in 27 states and continues to grow.
In 2013 our Children’s Librarian, Angie Andre, wrote a grant for Family Place training and materials. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded Tredyffrin Public Library $18,000 to make this possible. Intensive training and planning has culminated into a literacy program that will serve children in our community, starting at birth.
We support the core components of a Family Place Library and strive to:
- Offer a collection of toys, books, music, and multimedia for babies, toddlers, parents and caregivers.
- Conduct Parent & Child Workshops.
- Build partnerships with community agencies that serve children and parents.
- Reach out to our non traditional library population.
- Provide developmentally appropriate programming for very young children and parents.
- Train our library staff to support families.
Stay tuned for our 2016 Family Palce Parent & Child Workshop which is planned for the fall.