Meet the Parenting Collection
I'd like to introduce you to one of our collections that is little-known, but very valuable for the parent and child who need it. Let's start with just what the collection is:
- The Parents’ Collection is a collection intended to meet the needs of parents and their children, professional caregivers and teachers, and is to be used by adult and child together.
- It contains a wide range of materials on subjects pertaining to the experience of children, including fiction and nonfiction material of a sensitive or specialized nature, e.g.: coping with death, loss, illness, etc.
- Titles which speak solely to the child, at his/her emotional and intellectual level will generally go in the regular children’s collection.
So what might you find there?
There is a non-fiction section that includes books about children's literature, ideas for storytimes and playing together, supports for helping your child learn, and books on topics such as safety and bullying. These are great resources for parents, and can supplement what you will find in the areas of parenting or literacy, for example, in the regular non-fiction collections.
There is also a selection of picture books for children and parents to read together that are excellent aids to teaching and discussion on a variety of topics that can be difficult to approach. Here is the place to find stories that address a range of different family situations, loss of loved ones, inappropriate touch, various health issues and conditions, and some firsts, such as the oft-requested potty training material. The wonderful thing about using a story as a springboard is that the child feels less alone with their circumstance, and is also able to discuss at a bit of an arm's-length, which can feel safer.
This is certainly not the only place to find materials that talk about issues in a child's life, as there are many other very good picture books, non-fiction materials, and even novels for older children that may speak to parent or child, and your librarian will be happy to help you look further afield for those things. This is a good place to look, though, if you are hoping to find something that will start a conversation or help you help your child understand a situation, or alternately, if you would like some materials to help you support your child's learning and literacy.
Next time you are in your library, ask about the collection - you just might find a gem!