Training Institute

Upcoming Training Dates

2024-2025 Schedule:

In- Person Training

The Training Institute is held at Middle Country Public Library, the national model for Family Place Libraries™, in Centereach, NY (Long Island). The four day Family Place Training begins on a Monday evening and ends on a Thursday afternoon.

October 21-24, 2024
Registration Deadline-  September 1st, 2024

March 3-6, 2025
Registration Deadline- February 1, 2025

Virtual Training

We are currently offering virtual trainings to existing Family Place Libraries. These trainings meet via Zoom and run two times per week for approximately 6 weeks. Our next virtual training begins Thursday, November 7, 2024. Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 1, 2024. For more information, please contact 

Request Registration Information here.

Family Place Trainings

Most organized training I ever attended. Trainers were knowledgeable with the ability to infect us with their enthusiasm. I enjoyed every minute and feel as if I have received another degree!

- Librarian

The Family Place Training Institute

The four day Family Place Training Institute provides theoretical grounding in family-centered library services and practical training in the core components of Family Place. The Family Place Training Institute prepares participants to implement the initiative locally and provides a venue for librarians to share experiences and effective practices with one another.

Topics covered include:

  • Assets and needs assessment
  • Serving families and children through partnerships with other agencies
  • Community outreach to new and underserved families
  • Coalition building
  • Infant brain development
  • Child development
  • Emergent literacy
  • Parent engagement & education
  • The Parent-Child Workshop
  • Additional programming
  • Space design
  • Collection development
  • Marketing
  • Documentation and evaluation

All training participants receive a training manual, relevant books and articles to help implement the Family Place Libraries™ initiative. After completing the training, Family Place Libraries staff provides ongoing technical assistance and site support to all network libraries.

Family Place Institute