Hawley Public Library, a member of the Family Place Libraries™ national network, provides a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children's development and early learning during the critical first years of life. To help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn, our Family Place offers:

-A specially designed space in the children's area for families with young children to relax, play, share books and meet other families.

-Play & Learn - a five-week series of fun, play-based programs for toddlers and their parents and caregivers. Rich with toys, books and art activities, the programs provide an opportunity for families to spend time together, make friends and talk one-on-one with specialists on various aspects of child development and early literacy.

-Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents and caregivers.

As a Family Place, Hawley Public Library will partner with local family agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning. Research has proven that the ways adults respond to and interact with children from birth-to-five years have dramatic effects on the brain, stimulating a child's social, emotional, and intellectual development. Parents and caregivers are their children’s first teachers and Hawley Public Library is here to help them in that role.

The next series of Play & Learn programs will be held at the library beginning Thursday, February 15 from 10:30 am to 12 pm, and continue for the following four Thursday mornings : February 22, March 1, March 8, and March 15.

The Family Place Libraries™ model is now in over 500 libraries in 30 states serving thousands of young children and their parents and caregivers. Hawley Public Library, located at 103 Main Avenue, Hawley PA 18428, is proud to be among them.

For more information and to join the programs, call the library at 570.226.4620. For more activities at the library, visit our website at www.waynelibraries.org/hawley.