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PLA and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) have just released a new publication designed to help libraries develop outstanding family engagement initiatives: Ideabook: Libraries For Families. The Ideabook continues the discussion in Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement, picking up where that call to action leaves off.

The Ideabook presents case studies from more than 50 diverse libraries and how they are incorporating the five “Rs” of engagement: reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine.

Download the free publication. You will be asked to provide some basic demographic information to access the file.

Libraries for the 21st Century: It’s a Family Thing

The Global Family Research Project asserts: “Libraries provide families a welcoming environment in which to learn, to connect with other parents, and to find other community resources that can help them thrive. From birth through young adulthood, family engagement is necessary for children’s literacy, math, and social-emotional development, and libraries are evolving to create more opportunities in which students can develop these skills with the support and encouragement of their families.”

With assistance from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Global Family Research Project team partnered with the Public Library Association (PLA) to explore the family engagement in children’s learning through libraries.

What is the Global Family Research Project?

According to their website, Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports all families and communities in helping children find success in and out of school. They strive to create a worldwide exchange of ideas to further the understanding and implementation of anywhere, anytime learning for all.

The Global Research Project connects research, policy, and practice to support a community of people dedicated to advancing children’s learning and development. It fosters collaboration among child and family-serving organizations so they can create equitable learning pathways across time and place. Its mission includes strengthening knowledge and skills through technical assistance, professional development, and evaluation.

Education leaders, researchers, policymakers, funders, practitioners, and the media are among the Global Research Project’s partners in innovating family and community engagement strategies anywhere, anytime children learn.

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.