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Friends of the Library Week Oct 21-27 2018 

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Friends of the Library Corner 

September 2018

by Ed Little -President

Children’s Share a Book Project  

Non-profit group adds new location for free books for children to take home.
Heber City, UT, August 30, 2018:  Wasatch County Friends of the Library, a non-profit group committed to supporting the library’s mission of reading and literacy, presented a bookshelf and children’s books to the Intermountain Health Care (IHC) Family Medicine waiting room on Thursday, August 30th, expanding the Share a Book Program to its third location. Signs in both English and Spanish welcome children to select a book and to take it home, and welcome them to bring it back for others: Take a book; Leave a book.
“We are truly pleased to offer books to children to enjoy during their wait at the new Family Medicine Clinic and to take home to read,” says Ed Little, President of Friends of the Library. We will regularly restock the shelves with different books in both English and Spanish. The staff at the IHC Family Clinic are extremely supportive of our objective for more parents to read to their children on a regular basis and to have more books for children in the home.”
Ed Little explains that people can support the program by donating children’s books. “We are asking for donations of new or used children’s for our program. These donations may be brought to the Wasatch County Library where we have receptacles for them. We welcome picture and board books through chapter books at the 6th grade reading levels at this time. It’s a worthy reuse for books children have outgrown.”
Friends of the Library also offers books through Share a Book at the Wasatch County Health Department and the CARE after-school program, and through another program, Books for Babies, it provides books, printed information and tee shirts to newborns at the IHC Hospital. 
The Share a Book project, which intends more books in the home and more opportunities for parents to read to children, results from Friends of the Library’s literacy research. Studies have documented:
Parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain regardless of the family’s income or education. (Twenty-year study by the University of Nevada, Reno)
Reading to young children adds words to their vocabulary: just 15 minutes of reading with a parent everyday exposes a child to a million words a year.
Fewer than half the children in the US are read to daily. Recently in Utah, numbers of books in homes have fallen, as has parental time reading to children.
Unfortunately, 61% of America’s low-income children are growing up in homes without books. (1996).
Children without books are academically three years behind children with books in their home.
Children most enjoy books they select themselves.

“We believe we can make a difference with this program,” says Little. “Early school success is tied to access to books and reading.”

The book display also offers information on the Wasatch County Library and a monthly update on Library activities for children and families. In addition to asking for book donations, Friends of the Library also welcomes new members.

 Aléjandra Arostegui (left) and Stacie Foote (right), representing IHC, hold posters for Share A Book’s new location at the IHC Family Medicine Clinic. Other staff members are pictured, along with members of the volunteer group Friends of the Library, who this past Thursday provided the shelf and books. 

{Photo by Ann Zimmerman. Permission granted to reproduce.}

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library: New Project and Volunteer Opportunity


Friends of the Library has approved a new project! It is essentially a book swap for children.
Our research shows that fewer Utah families have children’s books in the home, and parents read to children less now than in the past. (Home reading is directly related to reading success in school and ultimately to graduation rates.) The program will place shelves or bins at two, possibly three locations, where children may take books home. It is not required that they bring back books, but they can.

The volunteer opportunities are to help set up the program with signage and how-to information and to develop stickers for the books and then to sort through surplus children’s books donated to the library and initially stock and then restock the shelves on a regular basis. Plus, we will have times where volunteers may read to the children at these locations. Once established, we will launch an open appeal for people to donate children’s books to the library and this program, and we need volunteers for the appeal.

At the Friends of the Library's next meeting on Monday, May 22nd at noon at the library, we will get organized and select a chair and vice chair and sign up volunteers. If you would like to participate, please come to this meeting. If you cannot come and would like more information on this project or to put your name forward as a volunteer, please contact Friends’ president, Kelleen Potter kelleenpotter@hotmail.com orAnn annzimmerman@icloud.com.

Thanks so much!


Ann Zimmerman

Friends of the Library Secretary/Treasurer


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