The Johns Library is now preparing for the first series of workshops for parents and children ages 1 – 3 ½ years old. The workshop takes place from November 15 – December 13, each Tuesday for five weeks. The workshop offers play based activities for a parent/caregiver and child. The workshop is rich with toys, books and art activities for the parent and child to enjoy together. The workshops 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.
Registration is required; please call the Johns Library at 409-842-5223.

The Children’s Department at the Theodore Johns Library opened its newly expanded play area for the library’s youngest library users, birth to age 5, during the summer. This improved space is part of the library’s initiative to join the Family Place Libraries network. Family Place, started in 1996 out of Long Island, New York, now includes more than 300 libraries nationally. The mission of the Family Place Libraries is to increase the role of the public library as a community hub for healthy child and family development, and lifelong learning beginning at birth.

Robin Smith, children’s librarian and Geri Roberts, assistant library administrator attended training for the Family Place Libraries about a year ago. The components of the training included outreach to families that are currently not library users, partnerships with community agencies, availability of parent resources, and a welcoming space in the library, including age-appropriate books and learning toys. The training and toys, books and resources were paid for with a grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2016).