Wichita Public Library opens Family Place Library

By The Active Age | October 2, 2023

Wichitans with young grandchildren have a new destination — the Family Place Library located inside the Children’s Pavilion at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. It’s designed for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, their parents and caregivers.

The Family Place includes:

• A specially designed welcoming space in the Children’s Pavilion for families with young children to explore, play, share books and learn together.

• Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, parents and caregivers.

• Library staff specially trained in early literacy, child development and family support.

“The Family Place interactive space emphasizes the importance of play in early learning and the importance of parents and caregivers to promote and participate in children’s play,” said Savannah Ball, the library’s education and engagement manager.

“Play is how young children learn about themselves and their world,” Ball said.  “It prepares them for reading, math and science and promotes healthy social and emotional development.”

Family Place Libraries are now in more than 500 libraries in 32 states.

More information may be found at wichitalibrary.org/familyplace.