The Issue: Reading to Babies Helps Their Vocabulary Grow
By their first birthdays, most babies will have learned all of the sounds they need to speak their native languages, according to research from KidsHealth. Reading aloud to babies teaches them more words at an early age and can foster strong mental development. Reading aloud can also introduce early concepts including numbers, colors, and shapes.
The Campaign: Fund Books and Early-Literacy Materials
If this Grassroots campaign raises $420, then the Arlington Public Library can kick off its Books for Babies campaign by funding My First Library Card pack for 42 new mothers and their newborns at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Each additional $10 raised will fund one My First Library Card pack for another mother and newborn. The pack includes a bag, a hardcover children’s book, a My First Library Card application, and informational handouts on early child literacy.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Arlington Public Library Foundation
The Arlington Public Library maintains a comprehensive stock of fiction and nonfiction reading materials through a network that consists of a central library and six branch libraries. Residents receive free access to borrow these materials and can use the onsite databases for research. The library also sponsors a variety of programs including public-speaking and Microsoft Excel lessons for adults, story-time sessions for preschoolers, a free-book program for new mothers to read to their children, and a Books on Wheels program that connects homebound and isolated seniors to the community.