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Early readers are early learners. The Library Foundation is committed to nurturing a love of reading and learning throughout life, so we support a range of early literacy programs that reach children and their parents right from the start.

Born to Read

A woman holds her newborn baby while her husband who has his arm around her reads a board book included in a gifted Born to Read bag

Fostering a Love of Reading

The Born to Read program provides new parents at area hospitals with a bag filled with early literacy information, a board book, and other items. Parents also receive an invitation to celebrate their child’s first birthday at the library where they will receive another free book. Since the program began in 2015, the Foundation has provided over 116,000 bags to new parents.

Raise a Reader

Raise a Reader bag

Companion Program to Born to Read

The Raise a Reader program provides bags filled with literacy information, a book, library welcome materials and other small fun items to children of various ages at their adoption proceedings.

Read and Play Kits

Read & Play Kit with books and toys on trains

Enhancing Reading Skills

Since 2021, SLCL has offered Read and Play Kits to encourage family interaction and literacy. Each kit contains books, an interactive activity and early literacy tips around a different themes such as bugs, space, unicorns, movement, counting, and so much more! The kits are geared towards families with children ages 2-6.