From Houston Public Library
Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library and WIC Center is receiving official designation as a Family Place Library by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. It is the first Houston Public Library to receive this honor and one of 500 libraries in 31 states to receive this prestigious designation.
The Library will join a network of nationwide libraries that focus on early literacy, parent education and engagement, family support and community connectivity, with the goal of ensuring children enter school ready and able to learn. Family Place Library's staff are knowledgeable about child development, family support, parental involvement and parent education.
In addition to a wide array of children’s books, there are parenting materials, multimedia materials and toys. Children learn through active play. The Family Place Playgroup is a five-week series of workshops for toddlers and parents/caregivers where families play together and learn together. A different community resource professional is present at each session for one-on-one question and answer periods with each family.
Stimley Blue Ridge Library includes a large youth collection, a children’s nook, an early learning Kindle Fires. There are training and meeting spaces including a conference room and large meeting room. Both Houston Public Library and WIC provide targeted family programming that promotes family engagement and learning for all ages, from baby lapsit to toddler and preschool storytime, to after school activities for elementary school students, in addition to nutrition classes for pregnant women and workshops and classes for new parents.