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Family Place Libraries

The Keene Public Library has joined the Family Place Libraries™ national network, providing a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children's development and early learning during the critical first years of life. A Family Place LIbrary works to help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn.

  • A specially designed space in the children's area for families with young children to relax, play, share books and meet other families.
  • 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, 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. Visit our online event calendar to see our current schedule of workshops.  
  • 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 500 libraries in 31 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.A nationwide network of children's librarians who embrace the fact that literacy begins at birth and libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. 

A proven change agent, Family Place Libraries transforms libraries into community centers for early literacy & learning, parent education and engagement, family support and community connectivity helping to ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn.

Family Place Libraries create fun and welcoming environments where children along with their caregivers can play, learn and grow together. 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.

Through partnerships with health, education and Human Service agencies that serve families and young children, our librarians connect parents to needed community resources and enhance library services and programs.

For more information and to join special events and programs, please call the Youth Department at 603-757-1856.


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