The Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library is a Family Place Library. We are committed to creating an environment that is welcoming to all. It is a service model that emphasizes the important role parents (and caregivers who act as parents) play as a child’s first teacher. During the first six years of life, children’s bodies and brains grow and develop rapidly through a series of predictable stages that prepare them for formal learning in school. Playing, talking, singing, and activities that promote bonding with parents are important to fostering healthy physical, emotional and intellectual development for children.

The library’s Family Place services include programs, information resources, links to community resources, and opportunities to empower parents and caregivers by “networking” with each other so that they can overcome feelings of isolation.

Family Place Libraries are a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 300 sites in 22 states and continues to grow. Read more about Family Place Libraries

See our Calendar for dates and times for Family Place Programs


  • Parent/Child Workshops
  • Story times for infant, toddler and pre-school
  • School-age activities: Nature nuts, Girls Club  and tutoring
  • Special Teen Events and Programs
  • Adult programs: Books Clubs, Guest speakers and Performers
  • Computer Classes
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Themed Story Bags
  • Game and Toy Lending Library