This series of fun, play-based activities for toddlers and their parents and caregivers is rich with toys, books, and art activities. The workshops provide an opportunity for families to spend time together, make friends and talk one-on-one with specialists on various aspects of child development and early literacy.
The Parent/Child Workshop series is a component of Family Place Libraries™, national network, which the Keene Public Library has recently joined. Family Place Libraries provide a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children's development and early learning during the critical first years of life. To help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn, our new Family Place offers:
-A specially designed space in the children's area for families with young children to relax, play, share books and meet other families.
-Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and caregivers.
-Librarians specially trained in child development and family support.
As a Family Place Library, the Keene Public Library will partner with local family-serving agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning. Research has proven that the ways adults respond to and interact with children from birth-to-five years have dramatic effects on the brain, stimulating a child's social, emotional, and intellectual development. Parents and caregivers are their children’s first teachers and the Library is here to help them in that role.
The Family Place Libraries™ model is now in over 400 libraries in 29 states serving thousands of young children and their parents/caregivers. The Keene Public Library is proud to be among them. In our library, this expanded public library role is made possible with support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Keene Public Library.
For more information and to join special events and programs, please call the library at 603-352-0157.