Let’s Play! – Family Place Libraries
Family Place Libraries are safe, fun environments where you and your young child can read, play and learn. These specially-designed spaces feature materials for children and parents including board books, picture books, toys, puzzles, blocks and drawing stations. They are a fun place for your little one to explore. As your child’s first and most important teacher, these activities will help you build your child’s early literacy skills.
Main Library, Level 2, 111 Library St NE
Madison Square Branch, 1201 Madison SE
Ottawa Hills Branch, 1150 Giddings SE
Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 300 sites in 23 states and continues to grow. Youth librarians from the Main Library, Ottawa Hills Library and Madison Square Library recently received training to have their locations become certified Family Place Libraries.
Expanding the traditional role of children’s services, Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.
Family Place Libraries redesign the library environment to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth. They connect parents with the resources, programs and services offered at the library and other family service agencies and reach out to non-traditional library users. This creates the network families need to nurture their children’s development during the critical first years of life and helps ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn.
Join us for these Let’s Play! Workshops
Let’s Play! is a five-week workshop for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers. Let’s Play! teaches the benefits of interactive play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child’s development. Families must attend all five sessions. Sign up for a Let’s Play! Workshop at www.grpl.org/register.
Friday, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7
9:00 am Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE
Monday, February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17
1:30 pm Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Thursday, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1
9:00 am Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE