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Friends of the Library Gives Free Books to Youngsters

More than 62 Friends of the Library for Springfield-Greene County showed up at the Library Center today to help sort and place stickers on $9,000 worth of books destined for young kids in the area.

It’s the 20thyear for the Wee Read program, which gives kids zero to five-years-old, free books, distributed through Parents as Teachers. 

Dee Biggers, chair of Friends of the Library’s Wee Read, says they chose Parents as Teachers to hand out the books because they work with their target audience and because they feel it’s an important program…

"A lot of first-time parents just need a lot of help and guidance on whether or not the child is progressing in accordance with averages and to get them to understand the importance of reading to a child from a very early age."

Not only do families get a free book for their child, they also get a packet containing a library card application and a coupon for a free book—redeemable at library branches…

"Our real objective with placing an application for a library card into the packet is to get that family into the library to get a library card and become familiar with the offerings of the Springfield-Greene County system.  And it's not only books they have--they have a multitude of other things.  They have videos and music and games, toys for the little people, so we want to get them in to the library system."

Money to purchase books for area kids comes from book sales held twice a year by Friends of the Library.

For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.