Books for Babies

“Parents should be encouraged to read to their children, and teachers should be equipped with all available techniques for teaching literacy, so the varying needs and capacities of individual kids can be taken into account.” – Hugh Mackay

Parents are important in the development of their children, including newborns.  By reading to their babies and becoming regular library users, parents help their babies develop language skills ~ starting them on the path to success in reading and learning.  FOLRR and national literacy program Books for Babies endeavor to acquaint and help parents with this role. Never too young to read!
Parents receive a Books for Babies kit.  Each kit usually includes a board book for baby, a certificate for baby’s first library card, and brochures with reading tips and early literacy information from nationally recognized educational organizations.  FOLRR has kits in English and in Spanish. bfb-kit-contents-IMG_0774_01
2012-2014, FOLRR partnered with Presbyterian Rust Medical Center to provide Books for Babies packets to all parents of babies born there.  Hospital personnel distributed the packets.  Your membership, donations, and purchases, in our two stores and at our monthly giant sales, made and still make possible this important and exciting opportunity to promote literacy in our community.  THANK YOU, EVERYONE! 2013 Presbyterian staffers & FOLRR's President with boxes of Books for Babies kits
Late May 2017, FOLRR delivered another 400 Books for Babies backpacks for distribution to all new mothers at Rust Medical Center (RMC).  Loma Colorado Main Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG)  helps FOL by assembling the backpacks. FOLRR sponsored a pizza and packing party for this wonderful group of helpful teens, and voila! – 400 baby backpacks were quickly assembled!  Thank you, TAG teens!  FOLRR’s (from left) Joe Driear, Board member, Mary Roskom, Board member and Books for Babies chairman, and Larry Roskom, Mary’s hard-working husband, delivered and Audrey O’Connell, RMC Executive Assistant, (right) accepted the baby backpacks.  THANK YOU! FOL delivering 400

No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.”  –  Los Angeles Times

Sales of colorful FOLRR book bags help fund the Books for Babies program.  These sturdy bags are available during our monthly book sales and in our bookstore within Loma Colorado Main Library.