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Coming This Fall: Expansion of Family Place Libraries

by Lisa Carrico on 2022-09-02T13:32:00-05:00 in Parenting, Education | Comments

Family Place Libraries is a model for both physical space and family engagement programming with a focus on early learning, early literacy and parent and caregiver education. The goal of the Family Place Play Series (FPPS) is to build a foundation for children's learning in the critical first years of life, with the parent as the child’s first teacher. Through the program, parents become equipped with the tools to develop their child’s social, emotional and cognitive skills so when their child enters school, the child is both ready and able to learn. Each week for 5 weeks, resource professionals are available at sessions to answer any questions families may have about:

  • Literacy
  • Speech, Hearing and Language Development
  • Child Development
  • Nutrition
  • Music, Play and Health

One topic is highlighted each week with activities connected to that topic that allows families to engage with each other.

With the generous support of PNC Grow Up Great, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Ladies Guild, the Central Library, Collier Neighborhood Library and Park Place Neighborhood Libraries are set to begin offering Family Place Play Series programs, as well as enhancements to the children’s areas of their respective libraries.

Houston Public Library’s McGovern-Stella Link and Young Neighborhood Libraries are also official Family Place Libraries with a family-friendly design that includes a large youth collection, a children’s nook, toys for children and daily activities for children. The space encourages a caregiver to interact with their child through play. To register for the FPPS, visit HPL Events online.


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