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Partnering with Libraries

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Use the Public Library Directory to find a library in your city or county.  The Directory provides you with the name of the library, the name of the library director, the address, phone number, and website.   

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What Libraries Have to Offer

During the first two-day RFHF training, children’s library staff and Healthy Start family support workers were asked: “What early literacy activities are you already doing?”  Read the notes from this activity to learn what libraries may have to offer in a partnership.
 
Here are some general things libraries may have to offer Healthy Start family support workers, call your local library to find out exactly what they can do for you.
  • Professional resources for you:  books, journals/magazines, and DVDs on child development, learning theories, early literacy, health, etc.
  • Resources for the parents you serve:  parenting books, magazines, DVDs, booklists, theme bags.
  • Resources for children you serve:  board books, picture books, music CDs, picture book and CD sets, theme bags, and some libraries have educational toys you can check out.
  • Services for you and/or the families you serve:  new baby kits, bookmobiles, or book delivery.
  • Programs: storytimes, baby signs classes, summer reading programs, winter reading programs, puppet shows.

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Ideas for Partnering

During the first two-day RFHF training, children’s library staff and Healthy Start family support workers were asked: “In an ideal situation, how could libraries and Healthy Start partner to provide early literacy information and services to new parents?”  Read the notes from this activity to learn what projects family support works and library staff would like to partner on. (RFHF Participants, these are your "cookies", and those from all other cohorts too.)
 
Healthy Start family support workers and children's library staff can partner to:
  • Promote each others' programs, resources, and services to the families they serve.
  • Provide each other with brochures, books, and other resources to distribute to the families they serve.
  • Develop and implement a program together such as a storytime, book delivery, or early literacy workshop for parents/caregivers.

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