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.
The Born to Read program provides new parents at area hospitals with a bag filled with early literacy information, a board book, a St. Louis Cardinals beanie 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 12,000 bags a year to new parents.
The Gift of Reading Program provides new books to kids and teens to start their own library. Readers can take home a new, free book every month at eight SLCL branches. With the help of generous sponsors, the Gift of Reading has distributed over 60,000 new books to children in the St. Louis area.
Hip Hop Architecture Camp is an innovative program that pairs young people with architects, urban planners and hip hop artists to create a unique vision for their communities. The Library Foundation funded the camp, which invited students to redesign a St. Louis metro train stop to make it more welcoming. After creating their designs, they worked with hip hop artists from the neighborhood to create a music video to rap their ideas. Watch the video!