PLAY 'N' LEARN PROGRAM
As of 2019, Crafton Public Library is proud to join the nationwide network of Family Place Libraries™.
What is Family Place?
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.
What does it mean to be a Family Place Library?
There are a few core components to being a Family Place Library:
A specially designed, welcoming space in the children's area for families with young children to explore, play share books and learn together.
The Play 'n' Learn Parent-Child Workshop series: a five-week program for toddlers and their parents and caregivers. The workshops are fun and play-based providing an environment rich with toys, books and art activities and an opportunity for families to spend time together, make friends and talk one-on-one with specialists on various aspects of child development, parenting, and early literacy.
An array of other free and enjoyable early childhood programs, including our Family Storytime and Sense-sational Exploration (sensory playtime)!
Collections of books, toys, music, and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, parents, and service providers.
Library staff specially trained in early literacy, child development, and family support.
The Family Place Libraries™ model is now in over 400 libraries in 30 states serving thousands of young children and their parents/caregivers.
We are currently in the process of revamping our children's space, collections, and early childhood programming schedule in accordance with this framework. CPL's implementation of this expanded public library role is made possible with support from the PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries.