Program Connects New Parents to Local Libraries

Books for Babies, an initiative of the American Library Association, are a national literacy program that acquaints parents of newborns with the important role they play in the development of their children. Books for Babies Matching Grants of $500 are available to Friends of Libraries groups, women’s groups, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations to be used for the purchase of Books for Babies kits. Grants will be awarded to organizations that currently have a Books for Babies program in place as well as organizations starting a new program. Priority will be given to organizations that effectively use the kits to connect new parents with their local library. Applying organizations must raise matching funds of $1,000. The next application deadline is October 1, 2009. Visit the ALA website for more information about the program.

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