A Family Place!

Who uses public libraries? Children, adults, teens, senior citizens, and . . . families.

familyBut how can families use the library together? How can the library engage families? If you’re wondering, you can gain assistance from the Harvard Family Research Project:

With generous funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Harvard Family Research Project is delighted to partner with the Public Library Association (PLA) on a new project to explore family engagement in children’s learning through libraries. For families, family engagement is about the knowledge, attitudes, values, and behaviors that enable children to be motivated, enthusiastic, and successful learners. For schools and libraries, family engagement means respectful partnerships that offer the information, guidance, and opportunities for families to be active in their children’s learning and development.

You’ll find lots of ideas and resources on the project’s page, including a video on Family Engagement in Public Libraries.

Many libraries and librarians will find these resources a welcome addition to their programming for families.

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