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What is a Family Place Library?
The first three years of a child's life lay the foundation for learning. Get the tools and resources you need to give your child the best possible start. 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, early learning, parent involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children's growth and development.

Key Features of a Family Place Library:
Each Family Place Library features the following core elements:

  • A bright, colorful and welcoming space for young children and their parents.
  • A collection of books, toys, videos, music and other materials for babies, toddlers, parents and service providers
  • Access to resources that emphasize emergent literacy, reading readiness and parent education.
  • Developmentally appropriate programming, such as baby and toddler story times for younger children and their parents.
  • Outreach to new and underserved populations.
  • Family Place is a multi-week parent/child workshop featuring local professionals, such as nutritionists, speech and language therapists and child development experts, who serve as resources for parents.

Parent/Child Workshops

The core program at each Family Place Library, this multi-week series brings together toddlers (ages one to three) and parents in an informal, interactive setting with professionals from local agencies to support the role of parents as first teachers, facilitate early intervention, and teach strategies to promote healthy child development and literacy.

Parent/Child Workshops run for multi-week series during the year.  Check the Upper Merion Township Library's Event Calendar for more information.