The North Liberty Library is excited to start a new fun and play-based Playful Parenting Group, the cornerstone program of our Family Place Library designation. The Playful Parenting Group offers a relaxed and informal time for families to play, learn, and talk with local child development and early literacy specialists. This group is geared toward families with children ages 1 to 3 but open to families with children ages 0 to 5.
Starting in November we are offering two five week Playful Parenting sessions. Register for either the Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. or the Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Registration for each session is limited and the session you register for is the session time you will attend each week. Select the desired session below to register.
- Monday Evening session (November 7, 14, 28 and December 5, 12)
- Friday Morning Session (November 11, 18 and December 2, 9, 18)
Contact Emily by email email@example.com or phone (319) 626-5803 with questions.
Family Place Library
The North Liberty Library has been designated 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.
Core Components of a Family Place Library:
- Trained Staff: An administrator and librarian participate in a multi-day Family Place Training Institute and related online training.
- 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.
- Collections: Special collections consist of books, toys, early literacy kits, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, parents, caregivers and service providers.
- Specially Designed Spaces: These specially designed spaces feature interactive Materials for very young children and parents including board and picture books, age appropriate toys, puzzles, dramatic play items, blocks and drawing stations providing a rich space for little ones to explore.
- Collaborations And Partnerships: Through partnerships with health, education and Human Service agencies that serve families and young children, librarians connect parents to needed community resources and enhance library services and programs.
- Additional Programs For Babies & Toddlers: Develop age-appropriate programming that supports the importance of play and healthy parent/child relationships in early childhood development and learning.
- Outreach: Identifying and reaching out to new and underserved families, via in person, partner, media and social media contacts enables the libraries to engage and build trust with new families.