'Books for Babies' eyes reading readiness
Groups mobilize to provide reading materials to new parents
By Yvonne Hartmann —
It can all start with just a few books.
That’s the idea behind an ongoing Fredericksburg Infant Literacy Project — Books for Babies — to help young children develop good building blocks as they grow and learn to read.
“Literacy begins at birth,” said Tom Christofferson, chairman of the Books for Babies committee. “Talking and reading to children between the ages of zero to three is critical in literacy.”
He added, “The key of developing early building blocks and fostering reading readiness is interaction with adults.”
Christofferson explained that the idea for the Books for Babies program grew out of one of Rotary’s service areas of literacy and a desire to increase literacy awareness.
The idea for the program came about from several different directions in 2008.
One direction came from Linda Montgomery, whose husband was serving as district governor in 2008-09, and who made literacy her theme. Also at that time, Mary Thompson, a retired elementary teacher and reading specialist, was serving as president of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club and Carole Reed was serving as president of the Morning Rotary Club.
Thompson and Reed were searching for ways to raise the level of awareness of new parents and parents of children ages zero to three in the community.
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