Innovation Award Presented to CdA Library Staff for First Books Work

photo of Susan Thorpe and Barbara Nolan from Coeur d'Alene Public Library

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library received the Edward Zigler Innovation Award presented by their area Head Start at a ceremony Thursday, May30.

This award reflects the innovation and determination of the person many consider to be the father of Head Start. Since Head Start's inception in 1965, Dr. Zigler has played a central role in the ongoing development of the program design.

This award is to celebrate those local programs who have partnered to create high impact services to children and families.

Youth Services Supervisor Susan Thorpe and Outreach Coordinator Barbara Nolan from the Coeur d’Alene Library received the award at a luncheon Thursday for their work with Read to Me’s My First Books program and Head Start.

Throughout the past two years, Thorpe and Nolan read to and distributed free books to more than 170 children in the local Head Start program. They visited each class once a month for a total of 9 months each year, read the book, sang songs, performed finger plays, and gave each child a book and a newsletter “The Bookworm” provided by Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Library staff participated in one parent meeting each year, presenting information on the importance of early literacy, and gave the parents a mini-tour of the Seagraves Children’s Library to show them what the library has to offer their families.