The 21st Century Library branch of Pikes Peak Library District was designed and opened as a Family Place Library in June of 2014. Our library is a community destination for families, because there are very few other public places that offer a safe indoor place and developmentally appropriate toys for families with very young children to meet and play. Our family-centered environment has a play area for children of all ages and features a special area for infants. We have toys that spark imaginative play and also build early literacy and motor skills. We connect families with community resources and give them necessary parenting information through our Parenting Collection and Family Place Playgroups.
In any given month, we have between 3000-5000 children and caregivers enjoying our Family Place Play Area. We offer parent-child workshops in the form of our Family Place Playgroups and have other programs for ages 0-5 including Baby Time (0-12 months), Toddler Time (1’s & 2’s), Music and Movement (2’s & 3’s), Storytime (3+), Baby & Me Yoga, Family Yoga, Tumble Play, Family Coloring Parties, and more. Attendance at these programs averages over 1,400 a month.
Through our partnerships with organizations like Bright by Three and Peak Vista Community Health Centers, we are able to provide caregivers with Bright by Three bags, which have information for caregivers on specific stages of development, ideas for early learning activities, board books, and more. We are also able to get the word out about library district programs and resources through Bright by Text. Through our Family Place Playgroups, we’ve been able to give caregivers opportunities to ask questions of and connect with resource professionals in the fields of child development, nutrition, and more. All of these partnerships have been built in order to inform and empower caregivers, helping ensure that each child can get the best start in life.
Families in the area flock to our library because it is a special place that tells the community that the library strongly values young children and families, a social environment that encourages adults and children to play and interact, and a learning environment that provides a safe place for children to explore relationships, formulate ideas, and learn about their world. We are glad to be a Family Place Library, and we know our patrons are happy with it too.