Something wonderful has finally arrived!
Weeks of planning, organizing, and construction ended with the May 3 opening of the Round Rock Public Library‘s Family Place.
Visit the library for some special playtime with your child, and a chance to interact casually with other local parents. In addition to fun materials such as Duplos, a furnished dollhouse, puzzles, puppets, and other creative and interactive toys, the Family Place also features a new collection of parenting books plus brochures from local family support agencies.
Programming in support of these materials will begin later this year.
RRPL is one of 36 Texas libraries to be awarded a Family Place Libraries™ grant. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission recently approved funding to address early learning priorities in library communities and ensure that all children enter school ready and able to learn through training provided by Family Place Libraries™. Expanding the traditional role of children’s services, Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.
Family Place Libraries™ promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally-appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, the Family Place Library supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2016)