Families are an important part of the Cedar Hill community and the Zula B. Wylie Public Library wants to connect them with resources and services such as early childhood information, parent education, emergent literacy, socialization and family support. By joining the Family PlaceTM network the ZBWPL will build on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parent involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children's growth and development. As a Family Place Library we will feature the following core elements:
- A bright, colorful and welcoming space for young children and their parents.
- A collection of books, toys, videos, music and other materials for babies, toddlers, parents and service providers
- Access to resources that emphasize emergent literacy, reading readiness and parent education.
- Developmentally appropriate programming, such as baby and toddler storytimes for younger children and their parents.
- Outreach to new and underserved populations.
- Play Groups featuring local professionals, such as nutritionists, speech and language therapists and child development experts, who serve as resources for parents.
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 Library supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model aims to ensure that all children enter school ready and able to learn and positions the library as a key early childhood and family support organization within the local community.
The Zula B. Wylie Public Library Family Place Program™ is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (2016).