“An institutional commitment to supporting families with young children through programs, collections, trained children’s librarians, and community partnerships.”
What Makes a Family Place Library?
Expanding the traditional role of children’s services, a Family Place Library 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 Nationwide Network
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.
A Welcoming Environment
Family Place Libraries™ redesign the library environment to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth; 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.
Kalamazoo Public Library: A Family Place Library
Family Place Libraries are committed to developing a family-centered approach to library services. Kalamazoo Public Library was recently selected to join more than 300 libraries in 23 states, which are committed to serving families with children from birth to age 5.
Funding is provided in part by a special Family Place grant through the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Learn more...