Family Place Library

The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is a Family Place Library.


The Family Place Library initiative focuses on the development of children birth to 5 years old by providing interactive games and activity stations, Parent/Child Workshops and storytimes that grow a love of reading. The designation is part of a three-year IMLS National Leadership Grant that supports 27 libraries in eight states.

“Parents are the child’s first teacher and the first five years of life are critical for developing skills needed throughout life,” said LeAnn Petrie, Youth Services Supervisor. “Parents are encouraged to wire a healthy brain by talking to, reading to, singing to, playing with and cuddling their child at home and at the library.”

As a Family Place Library, parents can connect to their young children through these library programs:

  • Baby Bookworms (0-18 months)
  • Toddler Time 1 (12 – 24 months)
  • Toddler Time 2 (24-36 months)
  • Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)
  • Family Place Learn & Play – This 5-week workshop focuses on play and incorporates community resources and parental support. Community partners include ChildCare Aware of Kansas, TARC and K-State Research and Extension-Shawnee County.