YES! 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 250 sites in 25 states and Denver is fortunate that the Rangeview Library District offers the program at their Anythink locations. The five-week program is currently being held from May 5 until June 2, 2010 at Anythink Perl Mack. Parents and caregivers with children ages 0-3 are welcome to sign up for this five-week series. Participation will be limited to 12 families. Different childhood experts will be on hand to talk to parents and play with children. Each week, new learning and exploration activities will be offered.
Family Place Libraries™ are committed to developing a family-centered approach to library services. According to their website, by expanding 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.