Ever wish your child came with an instruction manual? Or that you felt more confident navigating the stages of their development? Then our upcoming series of parent-child workshops is designed just for you!

Recently, we were named a Family Place Library and received training and a generous grant to provide more resources and support for early childhood — a critical time that shapes literacy, socialization, and future development. As part of the grant, we’ve acquired loads of great new toys, books, and multimedia materials — and will soon hold the first of what will be twice-yearly workshops for children and parents/caregivers to attend together.

The workshops are designed to be interactive, informal, play-based, and fun. Families will have the opportunity to spend time together, make new friends, and talk one-on-one with a different community resource professional each week:

  • 8/2: Early Literacy, with EPL Youth Services Librarian Sue Monroe.
  • 8/9: Child Development, with pediatricians Dr. Toff and Dr. Cohen from Children’s Healthcare.
  • 8/16: Music & Movement, with St. Ann’s School music teacher Ariel Scholz.
  • 8/23: Nutrition, with Registered Dietitian Heather Kistler.
  • 8/30: Early Intervention, with Melissa Vandever, of Easter Seals’ Make the First Five Count program.

Sessions are geared to toddlers (ages 1-3), but siblings under age 6 may also attend. Parents/caretakers are encouraged to attend the entire series, but can also attend individual sessions.

Workshops will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Margaret Knoll Gardner Lecture Room. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended by signing up at the library, calling 610-965-9284, or emailing emmauspl@cliu.org (please include the number of parents/caregivers and the names and ages of children attending).

We’re truly excited about becoming a ‘Family Place Library’ and providing parents and caretakers with information, resources and community to help their little ones thrive.

Be part our first Family Place Workshop Series!