TSLAC is currently accepting applications for participation in the Family Place Libraries Project. I recently got to tour the Round Rock Public Library children’s area after they became a Family Place Library and it looks wonderful! Children and caregivers were playing and reading together. Here is just some of the work they have done.
In the low shelves along the window, they have lots of building toys, puzzles, and puppets. In the shelves along the wall to the left is their Parenting Collection of books that has seen a lot of circulation. In addition to creating this space, they reorganized other areas that opened up more space and made their board books more visible. The staff seemed quite pleased with their participation in the program.
Their Teen Volunteers, or Volunteens as I like to call them, were ready to sign patrons up to participate in their Summer Reading Program.
Here I am (middle) with TSLAC Youth Services Consultant Christine McNew and RRPL Youth Services Manager Theresa Faris.
Isn’t their Children’s Desk lovely?
See the note from Christine McNew below about applying to the Family Place Library Project. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to be put in touch with another participating library to get more information.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Family Place Libraries(tm) Project <http://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2015/family_place.html> helps public libraries address early learning with an aim of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn. The Project provides funding for two staff from participating Texas libraries to travel to the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in New York for the three-day Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute on the core elements of the program, and 3 years of follow-up and support by MCPL staff.
Applications for the FY 2017 Family Place Libraries(tm) Project are now being accepted. Twenty-four Texas libraries will be selected to attend the Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Libraries must complete this Application and Agreement , https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/ld/FY%2017%20TSLAC%20FPL%20Agreement%20Form3.pdf> and email it to Christine McNew, Project Coordinator at email@example.com.
Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2017). After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to develop their Family Place Libraries(tm) program. Participating libraries pay for travel expenses to New York, and the Tocker Foundation <http://www.tocker.org/> has funded travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.
Family Place Libraries(tm) 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. Family Place Libraries(tm) promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, Family Place Libraries(tm) supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community. To learn more about Family Place Libraries(tm), please visit the Family Place Libraries(tm) website <http://www.familyplacelibraries.org/> .