Overview

Libraries are essential spaces for learning together.

They provide opportunities to create new knowledge, connect with community resources, and enrich school learning.

Global Family Research Project

● Documents the policies, professional learning activities, and practices that enable libraries to be vital spaces for family engagement.

● Shapes policy conversations about strategies to promote family engagement by leveraging library assets and building public-private partnerships.

● Facilitates communities of practice and uses social media strategies to support libraries’ learning from each other’s successes and challenges.

Featured Resources

Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement
Aug 16
Research Publication

Libraries Family Engagement Research Policy

Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement

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. 

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Ideabook: Libraries for Families
Apr 1
Research Publication

Libraries Family Engagement Research

Ideabook: Libraries for Families

Libraries are no longer just about books—they are increasingly becoming the educational, technological, and social hub of communities across the nation.

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An outdoor story time in Maryland.  Photo courtesy of the Cecil County Public Library. Photographer: Tyler Koch.
Dec 3
Blog

Early Childhood Education Family Engagement Libraries Schools Capacity Building

‘In This Boat Together’: Despite COVID, Libraries and Families Develop Tighter Bonds

Maryland Libraries Have Adopted Services That Offer a Glimpse into How New Family Engagement Practices Can Outlast the Pandemic

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