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Blog posts in My First Books
My First Books is a Read to Me program that has been successfully implemented since 1997. Formerly titled "Read to Me First Book," this program strengthens partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools, Head Start sites, and child care providers.
A comprehensive program evaluation of Idaho Commission for Libraries' (ICFL) Read to Me First Book program was conducted by Boise State University Literacy Professor Dr. Roger Stewart. Dr. Stewart has been collecting data regarding the First Book program and other Read to Me early literacy programs for three years; he has compiled his findings in annual reports for 2008, 2009, and 2010.
A record number of Idaho children from birth to kindergarten will be
participating in the 2011-2012 Read to Me First Book program. Approximately 3,100
children will receive a book each month during the upcoming school year,
provided by Read to Me and distributed by 32 Idaho libraries. This is an
increase of over 500 children from the previous year.
For the past 13 years, the Read to Me program has sponsored an annual training meeting. This year the meeting is designed to build the capacity of libraries to provide information on the six early literacy skills to Idaho families through outreach and at the library. Here’s an overview of the meeting content:
National advice columnist Amy Dickinson’s “Ask Amy” column promoted a great idea -- "A Book on Every Bed." Here’s how it works: