Parents and Caregivers

Do you have a child in your life? Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher, long before they start school!  We are here for you, with resources to support parenting and caregiving youth of all ages.

Storytimes led by experienced educators, videos emphasizing early literacy practices for parents to try out at home, literacy education workshops, and more: we have all kinds of resources for the big people who are so important in our little people’s lives!

Proven practices support families

Of course, public libraries are well-known for children’s storytimes. At Bellingham Public Library we hold more than a dozen storytimes each week serving hundreds of children and parents or other caregivers. But did you know that storytimes are as much for the adults as for the children? Our goal in storytime is to strengthen family bonds through sharing stories, songs, movement and crafts. These are interactive experiences for parents/caregivers and children, and adult participation is key to their success.

This is just one of the many ways we support people to be a child’s first and best teacher. Learn more about our programs for children, teens, parents, teachers and caregivers by visiting the Children’s Department at the Central Library, checking our calendar of events, or contacting us.