Family PlayShop

Having fun at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-Allegheny

Having fun at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-Allegheny.

Families with young children have been coming to the Library to play all spring!

Many of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations are designated Family Place libraries. Libraries that are part of the Family Place Network recognize that literacy and learning begin at birth. By serving as a community resource center, connecting parents to helpful information and community agencies, and providing high quality programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the Library has become a family-centered environment.  Family Place libraries offer designated areas and toys within their Children’s space for very young children. The cornerstone of being part of the Family Place Network is the Parent-Child Workshop, called Family PlayShop at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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Youth Services Librarian, Amy, playing with a child at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-Lawrenceville.

The emphasis of Family PlayShop is on interaction and play between adults and their children. Caregivers follow their children through a dedicated space filled with developmentally appropriate toys and activities. Community resource professionals from a multitude of organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of young children are on hand to answer questions. We also highlight resources and materials from the Library’s Parent -Teacher collection, which features books that are of particular interest to parents or educators and include topics like potty-training, child development, literacy activities, parenting, and health.

Caregivers and children playing at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-East Liberty

Caregivers and children playing at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-East Liberty.

During Family PlayShop programs this spring, community resource professionals from WIC, the University of Pittsburgh, Ready Freddy, Safe Start, Head Start, early intervention agencies, Allegheny County Health Department, as well as nutritionists, speech pathologists, and music teachers attended Family PlayShop sessions. Families asked questions and gathered materials related to the agency or child development topic.

Having fun at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-Allegheny.

Having fun at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-Allegheny.

All dressed up at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-Woods Run!

All dressed up at a Family PlayShop program at CLP-Woods Run!

During this five-week series, children played with dress-up clothes, puzzles, transportation vehicles, puppets, musical instruments, art activities, books, blocks, infant toys and gross motor toys.

Look for a Family PlayShop series near you coming this summer or fall!

By Caitie, CLP-Allegheny

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