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When we picture a classroom, we imagine students interacting with each other and with their teacher. Libraries, however, go beyond this typical image of a classroom. They extend learning opportunities to parents and families, promote learning between parent and student, and find new spaces in the community—parks, housing complexes, clinics—that bring their resources to where families are.
As part of Library 2.0’s Library as Classroom international online mini-conference, held on June 15, 2016, M. Elena Lopez, associate director of Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), and Lorette McWilliams, research analyst at HFRP, highlight some of the creative ways libraries encourage and support family engagement. In their presentation, Beyond the Library as Classroom: Two-Generation and Family Learning, the researchers ask: How can libraries open spaces and platforms for all families and children of all ages? What can families learn from being engaged in the library classroom? What types of innovative practices are libraries using to engage families and to respond to their needs? They share early findings from a 2016 national survey of family engagement in public libraries.
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This resource is part of the August 2016 FINE Newsletter. The FINE Newsletter shares the newest and best family engagement research and resources from Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders. To access the archives of past issues, please visit www.hfrp.org/FINENewsletter. To subscribe to the FINE Newsletter, please visit our subscription center.