Technical Assistance and Site Support

Family Place Libraries staff provide three years of technical assistance and site support to all participating libraires, including ongoing consultation from Family Place National Staff via phone, fax, and/or e-mail on topics such as:

  • Core parenting and early childhood collections
  • Welcoming and developmentally appropriate public library spaces
  • The Parent/Child Workshop
  • Coalition and partnership building
  • Outreach to new audiences
  • Programming beyond the Parent/Child Workshop
  • Data collection, documentation & evaluation
  • Long-term goals and objectives
  • Importance of Play in Early Literacy Development
  • Get Ready to Read Training


National Family Place staff annually updates Family Place Training Institute materials including parenting and early childhood bibliographies, early learning toy lists for the Parent Child Workshop and Early Childhood space on the floor of children's room. In addition to these resources, space photos from various libraries including some before and after shots of early childhood areas in various children's room as well as sample promotional materials for the Parent Child Workshop and the general Family Place Libraries initiative are included. These online resources are accessible only to members of the Family Place national network.


Family Place sites in the national network participate in cross-site communications via the online National Family Place Listserv. The listserv provides members of the network an opportunity to ask questions, share resources, problem solve, and share success stories with other Family Place librarians and national staff.


Family Place Library staff have the opportunity to attend national and local Family Place sponsored meetings and advanced trainings at a free or reduced cost. Past topic have included Creating Spaces for Young Children; The Impact of Play on Early Literacy and Learning; Developing Language and Literacy with Infants and Toddlers. 



The Family Place concept has helped us focus our programming efforts. It has developed contacts in the community that are beginning to lead to other programs and connections. It has given us great momentum in shaping our early childhood services and expanding our department.

— Family Place Coordinator, Evanston Public Library        Evanston, Illinois