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.
THE APPLICATION FOR 2022-2023 IS CLOSED
Applications to participate in 2022-2023 program year were due April 20, 2022. No late applications will be accepted. The application for 2023-2024 will be open February 2023. Only Idaho public libraries may apply. Please read Program Requirements and Application Guidelines carefully before applying.
Customize and print community partner forms and distribute to potential partners. You can also send an electronic copy as an attachment, or copy and paste the text into an email to send electronically.
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!
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.