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Family Space

A Community Hub for Playful Learning

Located inside Book Harvest Durham, the Family Space is filled with books, wall toys, a magnet wall, reading nooks, puppets and more – all designed to make it easy for children and families to play, learn and read together.

Visit the Family Space

We invite you to visit the Book Harvest Family Space in Durham! It is a colorful area full of free books, wall toys, a magnet wall, reading nooks, puppets, and more – all designed to make it easy for children and families to play, learn, and read together.

Let’s work together to keep everyone safe while reading books and playing in the Family Space. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Children must be attended to by an adult age 16+ at all times.

  • Food and drink can be eaten outside but not inside the building.

  • We allow no more than 20 people (adults and children) in the Family Space. If the Family Space is at capacity, we have books outside to browse and take home.


Tuesday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM

The Family Space will be closed due to construction from June 3 through mid-August. We look forward to reopening with an even bigger Family Space in early fall!



(252) 497-BOOK

Gia Parker at

Storytimes in the Family Space

Storytimes in the Family Space are fun and interactive experiences! They are free to attend, and children get to keep a copy of the book that is read. Our storytimes are typically age-specific, so be sure to read the details for each event.

Storytimes are held weekly and on special occasions.

Register for an upcoming storytime and reserve your space!

Questions? Contact Bria Davenport at or call (252) 497-BOOK. 


Upcoming Family Space Events

 I enjoyed spending the day at the family center and talking with you in person, as well as meeting all the other amazing people that are part of this program. My step daughter loves the books I picked out for her today. She can't wait to read them...Thank you for this awesome opportunity to learn and bond with my kids in such a great way.

Book Babies Parent

Why the Family Space Matters

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Book Harvest's Family Space is a playful learning hub where all young children and their families can freely discover an abundance of books, toys, and manipulatives that spark learning opportunities and cross-generational communication, creativity, and collaboration. 

• Playful learning is a pedagogical approach that features child-directed play methods that are a unique way to foster learning and engagement. [1]


Play and playful learning enhance academic, social, and emotional outcomes in preschool. [2]


Embedding learning opportunities in places where families regularly go creates vibrant public spaces that foster learning and caregiver interaction, bring people together, and generate a sense of community ownership and pride. [3]

The Family Space was made possible thanks to a generous grant made by the PNC Foundation. PNC Grow Up Great® has been helping children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.


Thank you to our additional Family Space funders: RTI Community Partnerships Board

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