The Wichita Public Library has become part of the Family Place Libraries network that offers a number of free programs and services for babies, toddlers, parents and caregivers.
The Family Place has been placed inside the Children’s Pavilion at the Advanced Learning Library at 711 West 2nd Street. The Family Place model is now in more than 500 libraries in 32 states.
Library spokesman Sean Jones said foundations for learning are created during the first three years of a child’s life, and the Library has created a space that will have resources and educational opportunities to help parents and caregivers learn and connect with their children. He said the initiative expands the role of public libraries as key players in family and early childhood development.
The Family Place has collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for children and parents, and there will be library staff specially trained in early literacy, child development and family support.
More information is available at the web site wichitalibrary.org/familyplace