Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library urges new parents to get their children interested in reading at an early age with a program that gets parents and their child involved together.
Books for Babies program, with the help of the Friends of the Library, encourages children to begin reading early so it becomes a habit, according to Library Director John Helling.
All babies in Greene County who live in Richland, Highland, Taylor, Beech Creek, Center or Jackson townships are eligible for the program.
Helling said there is no specific age requirement, "just what someone would consider a baby."
Helling explained the program was for new babies, and the parent should bring their child to the library to receive the package, equipped with reading material for them and the child. He also added that if someone from the Friends of the Library hear of a new parent, they will approach the parent to encourage getting involved with the Books for Babies program.
The parent receives a package for their child with a board book, which concentrates on subjects like shapes and colors. It also has information for the parent about how to promote reading and learning, as well as promote the consistent behavior in the child
"We believe it is important because it promotes reading at a young age," Helling explained. "The sooner the kid gets in the habit of enjoying reading the better off they are going to be."
To receive your free gift, take your baby to the circulation desk at the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Library, 125 Franklin St.