Through the generosity of grants and sponsorships, libraries are being placed at child care centers to allow parents to conveniently borrow books to read with their child every day. This encourages the early literacy skills, language development and prepares children to enter school ready to succeed. The first Parent Lending Library was placed in 2004. There are now 120 Parent Lending Libraries in Polk and Hardee counties.
Each set-up of a Parent Lending Library includes: a revolving bookshelf, 200-250 new age-appropriate books, a plaque recognizing the sponsor, and parent tips for effective one-on-one reading. Some of our recent sponsors are Heartland for Children, Verizon, Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland and the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org