Books for Babies
“If you want to work on the core problem, it’s early school literacy.” – James Barksdale, former CEO of Netscape
“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.” – Los Angeles Times
“Literacy… means far more than learning how to read and write… The aim is to transmit… knowledge and promote social participation.” – UNESCO
|Parents of newborns play an important role in the development of their children. Books for Babies, a national literacy program, acquaints parents with this role. Parents are presented with a Books for Babies kit. Kit contents vary but generally include a board book for baby, a certificate for baby’s first library card, and a variety of brochures with reading tips and early literacy information from nationally recognized educational organizations. By reading to their babies and by becoming regular library users, parents help their babies develop language skills and start them on the path to success in reading and learning.We have kits in English and in Spanish.
The Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho have agreed to provide Books for Babies packets to all parents of babies born at Rust Presbyterian Hospital during the upcoming fiscal year. Rust Presbyterian Hospital personnel will distribute the packets and parents visiting either Loma Colorado Library or Esther Bone Library can drop off the ticket found in the packet which makes them eligible for a drawing for an e-reader. Packets are available in both English and Spanish. We are excited about this opportunity to partner with our local hospital in promoting literacy in our community.
“Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens.” – President Bill Clinton
Please help us through the purchase of our book bags, which are sold in our bookstore within Loma Colorado Main Library. Profits from these sales go directly to our Books for Babies program. Thank you!
“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