Family Place

Midland County Public Libraries is a certified Family Place location where trained staff organize and provide a free five-week workshop for parents/caregivers and their children aged birth to five years old, with an emphasis on birth to three years old. Each week introduces a resource professional for families to use in order to build personal relationships, make friends, and play with their loved ones.

Each of our workshops takes place in the children's activity room at the Downtown Library at the Plaza This workshop is a play-based program arranged with toys, art activities, and resources to check out and take home. Activities typically include board books, puzzles, transportation and tinker toys, music, and more. We work to encourage parents and caregivers to play with their children, meet other parents in the area, and become familiar with the librarian and the library's resources.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a free-flowing environment where the child takes the lead to engage in meaningful play. It is a collaborative effort – the library will be providing parenting books and material resources, but we need well-respected experts who can provide direct information and answer specific concerns for parents, have firsthand knowledge of the important resources in the Permian Basin, and for agencies to have access to families with young children so they can provide intervention, if needed, early on. For further questions, contact Hannah Johnson, Education and Programming Coordinator, or call 432-742-7438.

Workshop Topic Date View Workshop Additional Resources
Orientation & Early Literacy October 20, 2020 Facebook Live / YouTube Board Books & Toys (PDF)
Nutrition October 27, 2020 Watch on YouTube Healthy Eating (PDF)
Child Development November 3, 2020 Watch on YouTube What to Expect Ages (PDF)
Music, Play, & Health November 10, 2020 Watch on YouTube The Sound of Music (PDF)
Speech, Hearing, & Language Development November 24, 2020 Watch on YouTube