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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 overall goal of Family Place Libraries is to develop and institutionalize a family friendly environment by transforming libraries into community centers for literacy, early childhood development, parent education and engagement, family support and community information.” 

Family Place Grand Opening

The Dover Public Library was awarded a generous grant in 2017 to fund the training of librarians and the cost of initial supplies to become a Family Place Library. After being in the development stage for two years and fulfilling all the requirements, our library became a certified site in April 2019.

Family Place toys

A trained staff is just the beginning of becoming a Family Place Library. There are several core components including special collections of books, media, and toys for young children and their caregivers; a designated space in the Children’s Room where families can play together, and programs that focus on children ages birth through five.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Family Place Workshop

 

Family Place Workshop

 
 
 
 

The center-piece of the Family Place model is the Parent Child Workshop. “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.”   Watch a video that shows a workshop in action 

 
 
 
 

Family Place Workshop

 

Family Place Workshop

 

Family Place Workshop

We offer Family Place workshops two to three times each year. Check our calendar on our website,  call 516-6052, or email Patty Falconer for more information or to register for the next workshop.