Four Joplin Public Library staff members attended the Family Place training in New York and incorporated key components of the initiative. These components include outreach to families that are not currently library users, partnerships with community agencies, availability of parent resources, and a welcoming space in-library, and including age-appropriate books and learning toys.
Funds for the space were generously provided by the Bramlage Family Foundation. When asked about the new play space, children’s librarian Jeana Gockley said, “We are excited to have this amazing and fun space to offer our community!”
For more information on specific programs phone the Children’s Department at (417) 623-2184.