The Georgetown Library expands its children’s department
Love visiting the library with your kids? Now there’s even more for your early readers to enjoy. Children’s services librarian Bethni King lets the View in on some changes made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services:
How did the grant come about?
We won a grant based on our commitment to providing early learning and early literacy opportunities to children ages zero to five. After the library won the grant, I attended training in Long Island, New York. We studied infant brain development and early childhood development and learned how to set up a special place in the library for families and how to conduct parent-child workshops.
What changes did you bring back to Georgetown’s library?
The grant was provided to help public libraries prepare children to enter school ready to learn. The parent’s involvement is vital to meeting this goal. So over the next year and a half, the library will carve out a special Family Place Library space in the Children’s Room. The space will include age- and developmentally-appropriate toys and books, fostering interaction and play between children and caregivers.
What about the workshops?
We will also be hosting series of five-week-long informal parent-child workshops that are play-based and child-focused. During the workshops, caregivers have the chance to ask questions of local experts on subjects such as early literacy, child development, and nutrition. The library will also be developing a parenting collection with books and pamphlets addressing subjects of interest to families with small children.
Will this affect the experience of library regulars without kids?
No, the space will be located in the Children’s Room, which is already the loudest room in the library. For patrons with visiting grandchildren or young family members, there will be more to explore and do!
The Georgetown Public Library Family Place Program is made possible in part 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 (2017).
Visit library.georgetown.org for upcoming information about library events and the parent/child workshops.