Applications for My First Books 2018-2019 due April 20, 2018

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My First Books (MFB) is a Read to Me program that has been successfully implemented since 1997. This program strengthens partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools, Head Start sites, and child care providers.

The program is designed to increase "underserved" children's access to quality print materials and strengthen family reading practices at home. To learn more about the My First Books program visit

Only publicly-funded public libraries in Idaho are eligible to apply.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program year.

  1. Download and read these Application Guidelines.
  2. Distribute Community Partner Information sheets to each site with whom you plan to partner (up to 3).
  3. Collect data and statistics for the Need Statement in the application.
  4. Work with partners to complete Community Partner Information sheets and ask them to submit those online.
  5. Library application is online: include Community Partner information, Need Statement, and plans for monthly storytimes and issuing library cards.
  6. Library application is due April 20, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

The number of children we can serve next year will depend on funding. Participation in the program in previous years does not preclude you from applying, regardless of how many years the library participated. However,
applications will be ranked with the following as high priority:

  • Have never participated; who have participated for fewer than three years; have not participated in the past three years.
  • Are partnering with teen parent programs and/or providers who serve preschool children.
  • Can provide library cards to MFB families at no cost or very limited cost.

If you are partnering with an elementary school that received (or will be receiving in 2018-2019) a school library minigrant from ICfL, that partner will be ranked as lower priority. Please encourage your elementary school partners to apply for a minigrant, especially if they have a high rate of children qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

You may apply to partner with up to three sites. If you have additional sites you can list them on your application, and if funding is available we may be able to approve additional partners.

For more information see, or contact Staci Shaw,