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Family Place Biannual Symposiums
This biannual national event brings together Family Place colleagues from around the country as well as staff from those libraries interested in learning more about the Family Place Libraries™ initiative. Participants have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with one another and hear presentations from experts in the fields of early childhood, parenting and early literacy.
Past Symposium presenters include author, educator and developmental psychologist, Dr. Betty Bardige; design architect, James R. Keller and parenting and child development expert, Jennifer Birckmayer.
IMLS National Leadership Grant Highlights
Out of the Box: Innovative Partnerships & Outreach
Family Place Librarians
8th Family Place Symposium. Denver, CO.
A panel of Family Place librarians from across the country share some unique partnerships to support early learning.
A Wealth of Words: Developing Language and Literacy with Infants and Toddlers
Dr. Betty Bardige
Betty Bardige provides an urgent argument for infants and toddlers to experience language in an interactive, relational way to establish crucial language skills. She offers guidance on what works—at home and in society to reduce the achievement gap that begins before three years of age, and the vital role librarians play in this process.
Symposium Introductions: The Development of Family Place in Pennsylvania
Susan Pannebaker, Youth Services Coordinator, Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania discusses the development of Family Place as a state supported initiative in Pennsylvania.
Building Block: Creating Spaces for Young Children
James R. Keller
At the 2010 National Family Place Symposium, held at the Multnomah Public Library, architect, James Keller shared ideas for creating inviting, attractive and functional early childhood library spaces. Click the link above to view his presentation.