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Parent Toddler Workshop- Winter 2016
A Family Place Library program

Toddlers 18 - 35 months with attending adult.  Registration required.
As an extension of our Family Place Center, the Parent Toddler Workshop is designed to give you special time with your toddler for playing, reading and spending interactive quality time together. Create a craft with your child and meet new people in an educational and fun environment. Community resource professionals are on hand to discuss early literacy, speech and hearing, physical fitness, nutrition and behavior. The Parent Toddler Workshop is a 5 week long program for toddlers 18 - 35 months and their parents or caregivers. 

The winter program is now full. Check back for spring dates soon.

Group.of.friends.diversity.1.jpgConfident Parenting: Speaker Series  

For parents, caregivers and adults who work with children    

Parenting today is not easy or simple. Since the early years of a child’s life are the most important for their development, parents want to do the best they can for their children but they may not always know how to do that. This introductory lecture series is the first stop for parents to get an understanding of best practices for parenting young children. Presented in an engaging manner by professionals who really care about kids and families.

Monday, February 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
In the Eisenhower Room.  Adults only.  No registration required
Ask an Expert: A Conversation with a Child Development Specialist
Have you ever wondered if your child is “where they should be?” Are they meeting their milestones? When should you be concerned? Who should you talk to if you are concerned? And, most importantly, how can you help them meet their milestones? This training will go over those developmental milestones and teach you how to effectively assist your child along the way. We will also cover “red flags” and where to go and what to do if you have concerns. This is your chance to ask all your questions to a child development specialis
Taught by Jennie Harrison, MS, CIMI, CLE

One Book 4 Colorado
Vote now!

All Colorado 4-year-olds can get a copy of same book this spring!

One Book 4 Colorado gives away 75,000 copies of the same book to every 4-year-old in the state from April 11-25 in all public and military libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms. Pick up your child’s book in English or Spanish! Reading with preschoolers every day helps get kids ready to learn to read in kindergarten, and getting free books into homes makes that easier.

Which book will it be? Watch videos about the three finalists here and then vote for your favorite today!

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Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library to become Family Place Library as part of a National Leadership Grant!

Read more about our program in the Broomfield Enterprise article.

In 2012 The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the Middle Country Public Library a National Leadership Grant to support their Family Place Libraries initiative. Twenty-eight libraries in 7 states were selected be a part of this grant and our Children's Library was one of them! The grant money was distributed over  the next three years to fund staff training, site visits and project implementation. Middle Country Library staff worked with our library to implement and evaluate Family Place Libraries, a library-based early childhood and family support service model. This multi-phase program focuses on parents and caregivers as first teachers, is organized around the developmental needs of the child, and links library services with other regional and local family support agencies. The program emphasizes libraries as key institutions within the early childhood and family support community and partners in the promotion of healthy child and family development. The goal is to develop lifelong learners while fostering home/library/community connections to provide community support for families with very young children.

Our Family Place Center 
Children discover and practice new skills through purposeful play, and toys are their tools. The Family Place Center in the Children’s Library at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library is a safe, fun environment where you and your young child can read, play and learn. This specially-designed space features materials for children and parents including board books, picture books, toys, puzzles, blocks and writing activities, all creating opportunities for little ones to explore. As your child’s first and most important teacher, these activities will help you build your child’s early literacy skills.