Library Earns National Designation

The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has been designated a Family Place Library. On Thursday, April 3 at 2pm, the Kids Library hosts Kathleen Deerr, Family Place Libraries National Coordinator, who talks about the pivotal role libraries play in healthy child and family development.

Family Place Library Presentation Agenda

FamilyPlace_IndigoLogo_tm2:00pm – Welcome
2:15pm – Family Place Library Banner Presentation by Kathleen Deerr
2:30pm – Multimedia presentation of Kids Library spaces and programs
2:45pm – Conclusion
3:00pm – Mingling, refreshments and tours of the Kids 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), Sneak, Peek & Read (18-24 months), Tot Time (2 years) and Preschool Storytime (3-5 years). Look for upcoming parent/child workshops, offered three times a year, in Library News. The 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.

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm. The library’s Digital Branch is open 24/7 at

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.