My First Books targets children from birth to kindergarten who are unlikely to have many books in their homes or have a library card. The program provides a book a month for nine months for each participating child, and My First Books families can participate in a free early literacy workshop. My First Books parents also receive a monthly newsletter, “The Bookworm,” which suggests tips and strategies to support early literacy skills at home.

In addition to providing children with books, a goal of all Read to Me programs is to encourage contact between participating families and librarians to promote local library services.  


Applications to participate in 2022-2023 program year will be due April 20, 2022. Applications will be available in February. No late applications will be accepted.  Only Idaho public libraries may apply. Please read Program Requirements and Application Guidelines carefully before applying.

Application Steps:

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2021-2022 Program Information

Map of Libraries Participating in 2021-2022

ICfL staff provides a variety of program resources for participating libraries. Toggle to the menu below for: change in enrollment form, FAQs, checklists, letter and survey templates, program orientation material and MORE!

If your inventory was short or if your enrollment increased, click below to order additional books

Request Form

Nuts and Bolts of the Program

Resources to Help You Keep Track

Forms and Documents

End-of-Program Evaluation

Online Final Report

Partner Survey

Your feedback is very important to us as it helps us improve library programs and our partnerships. Thank you for taking time to fill out our survey.

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Library Program Report

Program reporting and feedback is very important to us as it helps us improve library programs and our partnerships. Thank you for your final report.

Library Final Report – Due June 1

My First Books Migrant Seasonal Head Start

Looking for information about our My First Books Migrant Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) program? Check out our MSHS page for details and the online application. NOTE: This program is only for public libraries who have a MSHS community partner.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Staci.

Staci Shaw

Staci Shaw

Youth Services Consultant
Email / 208-639-4178
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This program is brought to you by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.