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Eastern Lancaster County to Hold Parent/Child Workshops starting Aug, 28


Monday, August 19, 2013

The fall session of 1,2,3 Play With Me, the Family Place Parent/Child Workshops, will be offered for five weeks at the ELANCO Library starting August 28.
This innovative program is a time for families to share together with their one to three-year olds. Siblings age five and under are also welcome to attend.
The workshops feature puzzles, books, blocks, a craft, dramatic play and more.
Parents/caregivers will also be introduced to some of the many resources available to them to assist in the raising of their toddlers and have an opportunity to meet new friends in an educational and creative environment.
Each workshop will focus on a different topic and will feature a professional from the community who will be available to discuss parenting questions and concerns. Topics will include child development, nutrition, early literacy and more.
Do not miss the opportunity to consult with experts on a no-fee basis while your child enjoys a wonderful play experience. Space is limited; registration is required. Families are encouraged to attend all the workshops to obtain the full benefits. For more information, or to register, stop by the library at 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, call 717-354-0525 or visit www.elancolibrary.org.
What is a Family Place Library?
A Family Place Library is a center for early childhood information, parent education, emergent literacy, socialization and family support. Expanding the traditional role of children’s services, the Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parent involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s growth and development. Family Place library staff, trained in developmentally appropriate and family support practice, leverage the resources of the library to effectively serve young children and families.
The Parent/Child Workshop is the core program at each Family Place Library. This five-week series brings together toddlers and their parents in an informal, interactive setting with professionals from local agencies such as childcare centers, hospitals, speech clinics, universities, public schools and health departments. It emphasizes and supports the role of parents as first teachers, facilitates early intervention, and teaches strategies that promote healthy child development. Workshops promote early literacy through modeling and offer referrals to information and community resources.
Key Features of A Family Place Library
• Developmentally appropriate programming for children and their parents/caregivers
• A specially designed space for young children and their parents/caregivers
• Collections of books, toys, audiovisuals and other materials for babies, toddlers, parents and family service professionals
• Access to electronic resources that emphasize emergent literacy, reading readiness and parent education
Family Place™ workshop sessions feature art, blocks, books, puzzles, puppets and more! Since an integral part of the project is the collaboration between community agencies and the library, there will be resource people from the community on hand to informally answer parenting questions and concerns.
ELANCO Library Family Place™
“1, 2, 3 Play With Me” Schedule
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26
For More Information about the Eastern Lancaster County Library’s Family Place™ Contact:
Heather Smith, Youth Services Librarian
hsmith@elancolibrary.org
717-354-0525
www.elancolibrary.org