The Friends and national literacy program Books for Babies endeavor to acquaint and help parents help their babies develop language skills. Parents, who read to their babies and who become regular library users, start their children on the path to success in reading and learning.
New parents at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and Lovelace Westside receive Books for Babies kits from Friends of the Library. A 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. The Friends make kits in English and in Spanish.
The Loma Colorado Main Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) helps the Friends by assembling the kits into backpacks at Friends-sponsored pizza and packing parties.
The Books-for-Babies bag design was updated to use the Friends’ logo more prominently. These bags with information about reading to newborn children, are funded by the Friends and the Brindle Fund Santa Fe Community Foundation. They are distributed free of charge to new parents at Presbyterian Rust Hospital, Lovelace Westside Hospital, and at WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).
Sales of colorful Friends book bags help fund the Books for Babies program.