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Working Together for Richland County Families

 


The Sidney-Richland County Library and the Family Resource Center are proud to work together to make sure that every family in Richland County has the tools and support they need to be happy and healthy. Because of this partnership, anyone who uses the library has access to a wide variety of materials that can help families learn, play and grow together, even through tough times. Library and Family Resource Center staff are more than happy to help you find what you need to help your family deal with a loss, a major change (like moving or going to a new school) and even how to support a loved one who may have a mental or physical illness. We can also help parents find resources to prepare and help their kids succeed in school.

By working together, the two agencies are able to be good stewards of public money, and stretch those dollars further to provide more materials that are easier to access. We work together to select books, DVDs, educational toys (both for check-out and use in the library) and interactive computer courses that will bring the most benefit to the residents of Richland County. By making them part of the library’s collection, residents of the county have access to several hundred carefully selected books and DVDs any time the library is open. You can also sign up to use Parenting Wisely, an interactive, computer-based course that teaches ways to handle challenging situations with young children, like interruptions and tantrums. When completed, the course awards a certificate to acknowledge the parent’s work. This course is self-paced, so you can access it by appointment any time the library is open.

The library is also a great learning space for families to use together. For instance, our children’s area is stocked with educational puzzles provided by the Family Resource Center and special child-friendly computers with learning games for ages 3-12 provided by the Montana State Library and the BTOP grant.The fun doesn’t stop at the doors though, you can also check out an early learning backpack, full of educational books and toys on themes like numbers, colors and healthy habits to play and learn with at home. Library space is also used for in-person parenting classes where parents work together with a facilitator to find ideas and solve the challenges of raising a happy, healthy family. These classes are offered throughout the year, just contact the Family Resource Center at 433-4097 for more information and to sign-up.

For more information about the Sidney-Richland County Library and the Family Resource Center, you can visit us online at http://www.richland.org/spl. You can also like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/sidneyrichlandlibrary. Got a question? Call a Librarian at 433-1917 or Nicole Hackley with the FRC at 433-4097. We’ll see you and your family @ your library!

 

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