The Decatur Public Library is a Family Place Library!
What is a Family Place Library?
Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in a young child’s growth and development. The goal of Family Place Libraries is to develop a family friendly environment by transforming libraries into community centers for literacy, expanding on the traditional role of programming for children ages birth to 5 years old, early childhood development, parent education and engagement, family support and community.
A five-week program for toddlers and their parents/caregivers, this fun, informal, play-based program provides a rich environment of toys, books, and art activities. Families have the opportunity to spend time together, make new friends, and talk one-on-one with a different community resource professional each week.
Specially Designed Spaces
Family Place Libraries create fun and welcoming environments where children along with their caregivers can play, learn, and grow together. These specially designed spaces feature interactive Materials for very young children and parents including board and picture books, age-appropriate toys, puzzles, dramatic play items, blocks and drawing stations providing a rich space for little ones to explore.
Collaborations and Partnerships
Through partnerships with health, education and Human Service agencies that serve families and young children, librarians connect parents to needed community resources and enhance library services and programs.