'Books for Babies' eyes reading readiness

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BOOKS FOR BABIES — To help young children develop good building blocks as they grow and learn to read, the Fredericksburg Infant Literacy Project presents literacy packets to parents of newborns at Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Working on the project are, in front from left, Maria Robertson, representing the Friends of the Pioneer Memorial Library and a co-founder of the project; Carole Reed, co-founder and president of the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club when the program started; Kathy Bowen, unit director at HEB, a partner in the project, and (in back) Stephanie Ammons, director of Labor and Delivery at Hill Country Memorial Hospital; Tom Christofferson, chairman of the Books for Babies committee, and Mary Thompson, co-founder and president of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club when the program started. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

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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