Through the generosity of grants and sponsorships, libraries are being placed at childcare centers to allow parents to conveniently borrow books to read with their child every day. This encourages the early literacy skills that prepare 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. Major sponsors have included Verizon Reads, Early Learning Coalition of Polk County, Heartland for Children, Polk County CDBG, and Winter Haven CDBG. Parents borrowed over 30,000 books last year and over 3,590 kids had access each month!
Itzmaris Ramos and Facility Dog, Dublin O'Sullivan, are getting ready to share a Dr. Seuss book from the Parent Lending Library at Our Children's Academy. The fifth graders are currently acting as librarians, including checking the books in and out for the other students.
For more information regarding Lending Libraries, please contact Coleen at 863-648-1500 ext.
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