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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Ossining Public Library

"Parent Connections," Ossining Public Library, NY

The library will connect parents with their children, themselves and their community through a program that includes a storytime or short activity for parents and children together, dedicated time for parents to learn something for themselves, and social time when parents can connect with the other parents in the group.

Project Details

Project Name: Parent Connections

Purpose: To connect parents who may be feeling isolated and overwhelmed, and to foster multicultural exchange and understanding

Grant Funding Amount: $3,000

Key Elements: Each gathering has three parts -- 1. Together Time, a storytime or short activity for parents and children to enjoy together; 2. Learning Time, a time for parents to learn about various topics of their choice while their children are cared for by qualified babysitters; 3. Social Time, a time for parents to socialize, with or without their children, and connect with their community.

Target Audience: Parents

Community Support: Girl Scouts, Westchester Community College, Ossining Rotary Club, Friends of the Ossining Public Library, Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, Good Choice Kitchen

Use of grant funds: Paid instructors, babysitters, babysitting supplies


  • Nothing else like it!
  • Parent Oriented
  • Babysitting
  • Multicultural Connections
  • Designed by Ossining, for Ossining
  • Room to grow
  • All this and it’s free!

Team Members

Catherine Reidel, Karen LaRocca-Fels, Allison Robbins, John Torres

Presentation Slide

Parent Connections presentation slide

Thank you, IMLS!

Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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