DERRY — Derry Public Library wants to continue to provide a welcoming environment for its families and their children.

The library will be joining the national network, Family Place Libraries, providing support for families and children through community resources that help nurture children and their development through their early learning years.

The library's Family Place will offer a specially designed space in the children's area for families with young children to relax, play, share books and meet other families.

The library will also host parent/child workshops, a five-week series of fun play-based activities for toddlers and their parents/caregivers.

The workshops will also give families an opportunity to talk one-on-one with specialists on a variety of topics of child development including nutrition, speech and language development. Workshops will be held beginning Sept. 10, 10 a.m.

The Family Place space will also offer collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents and caregivers.

As part of the network library staff will be specially trained in child development and family support.

As a Family Place library, Derry Public Library will also partner with local family-serving agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning.

The Family Place model is now in more than 400 libraries in 29 states, serving thousands of young children and their families.

For information, call Derry Public Library at 432-6140.

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