MORE THAN BOOKS AND BUILDINGS
Parent education at health clinics
This year, more than 14,000 mothers and children will receive literacy education through our unique partnership with WIC.
Librarians have long known that motivating a parent struggling with poverty to pack up their children and come to the library is a challenge. The library is working with WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, to craft ways to encourage our most vulnerable families to enter a library, perhaps for the first time.
WIC Literacy Education reaches our community's lowest-income moms and vulnerable children. Moms receive information on the importance of reading with their child and incentives that motivate them to attend classes and educational, bilingual storytimes. The classes cover topics such as a baby’s brain development, interactive reading, and book selection for children.