Howell Carnegie District Library is proud to be a member of the National Family Place network. We are very thankful to the Friends of the Howell Carnegie District Library and the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation for their generous gift that funded the establishment of Family Place Library at the Howell Carnegie District Library in 2009.
A Family Place Library is a center for early childhood information, parent education, emergent literacy, socialization and family support. Expanding the traditional role of children’s services, Family Place offers a new opportunity for libraries to play a vital role in the life and health of their communities.
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.
A Family Place Library features the following core elements:
- A multi-media resource collection for parents, caregivers, and early childhood professionals.
- An early childhood collection of books, audio-visual materials and toys.
- A welcoming space on the public floor for families with young children.
- Collaborative work with community agencies that serve families and young children to develop programs and services tailored to meet local needs.
- Outreach to new and non-traditional library users, especially parents and very young children.
- Library staff trained in family support, child development, parent education and best practices.
- The Parent Child Workshop- a five week program that involves toddlers and their parents/caregivers: features local experts; emphasizes the role of the parent as first teachers of their children; facilitates early intervention; and teaches strategies for healthy child development. (Click here for information on the Parent Child Workshop at Howell Carnegie District Library)
What parents may get out of the Parent Child Workshop:
- Increased awareness of library services
- Increased awareness of community agencies
- Lessened isolation new parents often feel
- Broader knowledge of child development
- Support in your role of “Parent as the child’s first teacher”
- Support and ideas for reading to your child
- Encouragement and empowerment in your parenting role
What children may get out of the Parent Child Workshop:
- Social and verbal interaction
- An increase in attention span
- Stronger bond between parent and child
- Additional early learning and eventual school success
- Access to developmentally appropriate materials
- Becoming Lifelong Learners
To learn more about Family Place Libraries, click here.
Family Place Libraries™ programs are offered in more than 200 libraries acrossthe United States. It is a national initiative developed by Libraries for the Future and the Middle Country Public Library.
Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) has provided library-based family support services since 1979. A leader in building library/community coalitions and networks, the library has developed a broad array of model services aimed at children, families, and the adults who work with families, including the Parent/Child Workshop. MCPL is recognized as the national model for Family Place Libraries.