You may notice a new banner hanging in the Cameron Park Library naming it a “Family Place.”
The designation, earned by only 250 libraries in the country, and a grant allowed library staff to create a family space in the children’s area — an alcove conducive to parent-child play and togetherness. They purchased children’s furnishings and developmentally appropriate toys, and also to increased their holdings of parenting books and DVDs by about one-third.
Family Place is dedicated to increasing the capacities of libraries to realize their full potential as community hubs, especially in regard to healthy child development, parent and community involvement, and lifelong learning from birth.
The third element of the grant is the Family Place Parent/Child Workshop. The Cameron Park Library hosted our first workshop series in the spring and plan to offer it two to three times yearly in the future. During these five-week workshops, families with children ages 1 to 3 are invited to an hour of play, interaction with other parents in the community and the opportunity to meet local professionals who work with children.