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Family Place Libraries

Civic Center Library and Mustang Library are Family Place Libraries!

Family Place Libraries

Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 300 sites in 23 states and continues to grow.

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Family Place Libraries

Scottsdale Public Library serves a culturally and economically diverse population of 221,000 people. Joining the Family Place Libraries™ network in 2011, trained library staff have created a developmentally appropriate early learning space and materials collections for families with young children and began running the Parent Child Workshop.

“Family Place allowed us to develop a more comprehensive array of services for our families with young children,” said Marie Raymond, Family Place Coordinator. After instituting the core components of the Family Place Libraries™ initiative, library staff saw a community need for further education aimed at parents and their very young children. They decided to seek funding to expand their Family Place programming and offer a variety of parent education classes. Based on the demographics of the community, it was clear that these classes would need to be offered at a variety of times and in various locations.

Family Place Libraries

Through a competitive grant process, First Things First awarded Scottsdale Public Library a Community-Based Parent Education grant that allowed them to offer parenting education courses in the city of Scottsdale as well as throughout the Northeast Maricopa County Region.

First Things First is a voter-approved statewide initiative that uses a portion of tobacco tax dollars to fund programs and services for children ages birth - 5 in the state of Arizona to ensure that they enter school "healthy and ready to succeed."

For more information, please contact

Scottsdale Public Library
Mariko Whelan
Early Learning Coordinator, Scottsdale Public Library
  email Mariko Whelan

Family Place Libraries
Kathleen Deerr
National Coordinator, Family Place Libraries
  631-585-9393 x 204
  Family Place Libraries

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