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.
A Family Place Library is a center for early childhood information, parent education, emergent literacy, socialization, and family support. Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, parent involvement, and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s early development.
Features of a Family Place Library include:
Developmentally appropriate programming for young children and their families
A specially designed space for young children and their families to play and learn together
A collection of books, toys, and other materials for babies, toddlers, and parents
Play, Learn, and Grow sessions for parents and children ages 12 to 36 months
See the Family Place Libraries website for additional information.
Family Play Place
Children discover and practice new skills through purposeful play, and toys are their tools. The Family Play Place at MPPL is a safe, fun environment where you and your young child age 4 or younger can read, play, and learn. This specially designed space features materials for children and parents, including board books, picture books, toys, puzzles, blocks and drawing stations, all creating opportunities for little ones to explore. As your child’s first and most important teacher, these activities will help you build your child’s early literacy skills.
Play, Learn & Grow Sessions
Play, learn and grow with your toddler (12 to 36 months) in an informal setting with other parents and toddlers. Session topics include early literacy; speech, hearing and development; child development; nutrition; and music, play and movement. Someone who knows about each topic will be on hand to answer questions. Younger or older siblings, less than 5 years old, may attend with the registered child and parent. A series of 5 sessions are held each spring. Registration is required and is for the entire series. See the library calendar for dates.