Born to Read
When babies are born at St. John’s Medical Center, parents take home a “Born to Read” kit.
In 2014, Teton County Library gave away kits to 435 babies.
Early literacy kits
Library staff, working in tandem with the Teton County Library Friends volunteers, put together the kits, which include board books, reading tools and tips as well as an incentive to visit the library.
It’s the right tool, for the right time, to provide just the right challenge. It’s such a wonderful and valid community service.
Rhonda Robles, Occupational Therapist and Loving Grandma
It’s never too early to start reading
“Born to Read” kits provide parents and caregivers with board books specifically designed for newborns to be able to neurologically process. The books have thick pages able to withstand baby drool and to be handled by tiny fumbling hands. Babies learn coordination by reaching for and trying to turn the pages.
The Library makes that first step toward reading easier for parents by giving them just the right book before they even leave the hospital.