Books for Babies

If you want to work on the core problem, it’s early school literacy.” – James Barksdale, former CEO of Netscape

Literacy… means far more than learning how to read and write… The aim is to transmit… knowledge and promote social participation.”  – UNESCO

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

Parents are important in the development of their children, including newborns.  Books for Babies, a national literacy program, acquaints parents with this role.  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.  We have kits in English and in Spanish.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. Never too young to read!

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

Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho has agreed to provide Books for Babies packets to all parents of babies born at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center during the upcoming fiscal year.  Presbyterian Rust’s hospital personnel will distribute the packets.  We are excited about this opportunity to partner with our local hospital in promoting literacy in our community.

2013 Presbyterian staffers & FOLRR's President with boxes of Books for Babies kits

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

Bookbag sales help fund Books for Babies program.  Our sturdy bags are sold during our monthly giant book sales and always in our bookstore within Loma Colorado Main Library.  Profits from these sales go directly to our Books for Babies program.