Parents now have a complete, cutting-edge and comfortable place to turn for all their parenting questions and concerns. The Children's Museum of Houston, together with the Houston Public Library, opened the Parent Resource Library, the first of its kind in the country, in the Museum in the spring of 1999. Since then, nearly 1,000 visitors a week have used the library, including checking out books, thumbing through resources and printing information off the internet while their children read books or play with educational toys right alongside them.
The library's unique design enables the parents, educators and even doctors who are looking for information to find what they need on shelves waist-high and up, checking out the materials with a Houston Public Library card, while children's materials keep the younger minds busy on the lower shelves.
By arming parents and caregivers with information, the library aims to help parents identify challenges early in their children's life and take the appropriate action. Research indicates that the first three years of a child's life are critical to development. The Children's Museum continuously offers programs and activities for young children to make those years as enriched as possible, as well as lecture series to educate new parents. The Parent Resource Library was the most logical next step in becoming a complete resource for parents on all early childhood issues and concerns.
Materials in the library cover everything from potty training, cultural issues and discipline to a variety of special needs.
Museum Library Hours
Monday - Saturday:
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Call us at: (713) 535-7292
bilingual educational Resources for Parents and Children
The library also maintains a list of local organizations and resources to refer visitors for additional support. Resources on discipline, ADHD, learning disabilities and asthma seem to be the most popular items for check-out. Materials are available in Spanish as well as English to best serve Houston's population.
The dynamic partnership between the Houston Public Library and The Children's Museum of Houston enables the resources to be available for check out to all parents of children in Harris County or any of the five contiguous counties with My Link, the Houston Public Library's library card. By working together, the library and Museum are maintaining a cutting-edge resource center, and establishing a model for other cities.
FLIP Literacy Program
The Family Literacy Involvement Program (FLIP) is a one of-a-kind multilingual interactive learning program designed for early learners through the use of FLIP kits. FLIP kits are activity packages that include at least one book-based public library resource, a reading guide for parents and multiple fun items that are used as part of the suggested activities. Any Houston-area resident with a valid My Link card is eligible to participate in this program free of charge. FLIP kits are available at the Parent Resource Library.
Special funding for this library has been provided by the Brown Foundation, Inc., the Bill and Sara Morgan Family Foundation, the Eric and Karen Pulaski Philanthropic Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, the Rockwell Fund, Inc., the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation and SBC. Story Time funded by Pi Beta Phi Foundation.
This innovative library is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funding support was provided by M.D. Anderson Foundation and Kathryn and Richard Rabinow.