family-place-logoThe Public Library for Union County is proud to be a Family Place Library. The Family Place model is designed to spur cognitive development in children under the age of 3 with the help of their parents. It also provides a venue for Parent/Child workshops, connecting parents with resources, programs and services offered at the library and other family service agencies and facilitates early learning with books and toys.

As a Family Place Library, staff are to be trained in family support, child development, parent education and best practices. The ABC Play with Me Parent/Child workshop is a five week program that involves toddlers and their parents and caregivers; features local professionals who serve as resources for parents; emphasizes the role of parents as the first teachers of their children; facilitates early intervention; and teaches strategies for healthy child development and early literacy.

The library purchased collections of books, toys, music, and multimedia materials. The toys and multimedia materials are organized into centers that lend themselves to early childhood learning. At each center posters are displayed with information for parents as to why this type of play benefits their child. This is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor.

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