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Grand Rapids Public Library joins Family Place Libraries network
Grand Rapids Public Library joins Family Place Libraries network

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Three Grand Rapids Public Library locations are joining the Family Place Libraries national network, which is focused on providing resources for families to nurture the development of young children.

The main library, Madison Square branch and Ottawa Hills branch all recently received the Family Place designation, which means each location will develop the Family Place Libraries model of learning.

To help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn, 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.
  • Let's Play Parent/Child Workshops: a five-week series of fun, play-based activities for toddlers and their parents and caregivers. Rich with toys, books, and art activities, Let's Play provides 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.
  • Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia material for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents and caregivers.
  • Librarians specially trained in child development and family support.

As a Family Place Library, the Grand Rapids Public Library will team up with local family resource agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning.

GRPL will offer three Let's Play workshops starting in January. Space is limited and participants are expected to attend all five sessions of the workshop. Registration is required. To register, visit the GRPL website here.

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