• Welcome to a Family Place Library

    nd family place 1The Northern Dauphin Library is now a Family Place Library. This means that the library has been making changes to be more child and family friendly. The mission of Family Place is to realize the library's full potential as a community hub for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement and lifelong learning beginning at birth. The children's area of the library has undergone some changes with the addition of toys and other early learning tools that families can use when visiting the library. In addition, the library now offers a program called 123 Play with Me that offers parents and caregivers of children 1 to 3 years a chance to play with their children in an comfortable environment where they can interact with other children their age. In addition, resource specialists from the community attend the program to offer families information and answer questions about their child's development.

    What makes a Family Place Library?

    nd family place 2Expanding the traditional role of children's services, 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.

    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.

    *This project has been (partially) funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

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