Family Place Libraries

Family Place LibrariesTM 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. 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.

Core Components


Welcoming space within the children’s area for families with young children.
The Southeast Branch Library’s children’s room has been transformed into a family-friendly play area for children ages 0-5. Developmentally appropriate toys are available for free play whenever the library is open.

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.Join the Family, Learn, and Play Group:
Spring 2017

Registration required. Families are asked to only sign up for one of the 5 week sessions.
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Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, parents and service providers.
  • Coalition-building with community agencies that serve families and young children to connect parents to community resources and develop programs and services tailored to meet local needs.
  • Outreach to new and non-traditional library users, especially parents and very young children (beginning at birth).
  • Developmentally appropriate programming for very young children and their parents.
  • Library staff trained in family support, child development, parent education and best practices.

Family Place Libraries

The Arlington Public Library Family Place Program is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (2016), and in part by a State-funded grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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