Family Place



Family Place Library
@ Patchogue-Medford Library
We have been trained in developmentally appropriate and family support practice to insure that our Library environment is welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth. We connect parents with resources, programs and services available at the Library and other family service agencies. We provide resources for early childhood, parent education, emergent literacy, socialization and family support.
Key Features of A Family Place Library:
--  A specially designed space for young children and their parents/caregivers.  Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, parents, and service providers.
--Provide outreach to new and non-traditional Library users, especially parents and very young children beginning at birth.
--Offer developmentally appropriate programming for very young children and their parents.
--Library staff trained in family support, child development, parent education and best practices.
--A specially designed, welcoming space within the children’s area for families for young children.
The core program of the Family Place Library is the Parent/Child Workshop.  A five-week series brings together toddlers and their parents in an informal interactive setting with professionals that emphasize and supports the role of parents as first teachers.  The program facilitates early intervention and literacy through modeling and referral to information and community resources.