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Family Place Libraries

Family Place at the Bethlehem Area Public Library

A welcoming place for healthy child development, parent and community involvement,
and life-long literacy beginning at birth.


What is a Family Place Library?

The Family Place project is a national project based on the belief that literacy begins at birth, and that public libraries can help build healthy communities by providing a center for early childhood information.

Children, parents, and professionals from community agencies meet together at the library for socialization, parent education, and family support.


Key Features of the Family Place

• A specially designed space for young children and their parents or caregivers on the second floor of the library

• Collections of books, toys, audiovisuals & other materials for babies, toddlers, parents and family service professionals

• Outreach to young children and their parents and caregivers

• Access to electronic resources that promote literacy, reading readiness & parent education

• Parent / Child workshops with hands-on activities for parent & child


Parent/Child Workshops

The core program at each Family Place Library, this five-week series brings together toddlers (ages one to three) and parents in an informal, interactive setting with professionals from local agencies to support the role of parents as first teachers, facilitate early intervention, and teach strategies to promote healthy child development and literacy.


Family Place Library: Preparing each child to enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

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Registration is required for each 5 week session Phone Youth Services at 610 867-3761 x206.

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