Being a Family Place site allows West End to offer a wide array of toys, activities, and resources for all types of families. It's so wonderful to see adults bring their children in not only for books but also to play, which is so essential to early literacy. It also provides a platform for the library to share our expertise in literacy and play. Family Place encourages families to connect with professionals and with each other. I've seen caregivers sigh with relief after speaking with child development professionals, set up appointments and playdates, and even forge new friendships with other adults. In short, the program brings so many benefits to the child and the caregiver, all of which is gratifying to see.