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About Thyme

Multnomah County Library reaches out to mothers and children who struggle with food insecurity, bringing early literacy education and activities directly to health clinics.

Parent education at health clinics

This year, more than 10,000 mothers and young children will receive literacy education through our unique partnership with WIC.

Librarians have long known that it is a challenge for a parent struggling with poverty to pack up their children and come to the library. 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 use the 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 virtual classes and educational, bilingual storytimes. The classes cover topics such as a baby’s brain development, interactive reading, and book selection for children.

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