Early Literacy Project

Established in January 2018, the Baxter County Early Literacy Project is a collaboration between the Baxter County Library, Mountain Home, Cotter, and Norfork School Districts, ASUMH, and other early literacy advocates.

Early Literacy Project Mission

To equip all Baxter County children with the early literacy skills they need to be prepared to enter Kindergarten, by:

  • Getting books into their hands
  • Promoting the importance of early literacy
  • Instilling the practice of reading aloud into family culture
  • Increasing awareness of Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards

Current Projects

Little Free Libraries

At this time, there are 7 Early Literacy Project Little Free Libraries in Baxter County stocked with children’s books.  You can’t miss them – they are bright yellow.  Anyone may take a book or leave a book to share. Visit a Little Free Library today with your child.

LOCATIONS

  • Cooper Park in Mountain Home
  • Quail Run/Meadow Park Apartments in Mountain Home
  • Mountain Home Kindergarten
  • Gassville City Park
  • Norfork Head Start
  • Big Spring Park in Cotter
  • Mountain Station Apartments in Mountain Home

 

Little Free Libraries graphic: Take a book, return a book

 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails one free, high-quality book per month to children from birth until their 5th birthday, no matter their family’s income.  Thanks to some generous donations, this program is now available to children in Baxter County!  To enroll your child, visit the Library or  Baxter County Imagination Library Page.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Logo

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program engages parents in a commitment to read 1000 books to their child before the child enters kindergarten. Reading aloud to your child is the single most important activity you can do to prepare your child to learn to read. Research by Mem Fox, literacy expert and children’s author, concludes that 1000 stories read aloud is a critical milestone.

YES, you really can read 1000 books to your child before kindergarten!

  • You have 1826 nights between birth and your child’s fifth birthday.
  • If you read 1 book per night for three years, you will have read 1095 books.
  • If you read 10 books each week for two years, you will have read 1040 books.
  • If you read 3 books most days, in less than one year you’ll reach your milestone.

 

1,000 Books before Kindergarten Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County graphic full

 

How It Works: Digital

  1. REGISTER for the program by visiting baxlib.readsquared.com. Download the app for easier convenience. Each child needs a Baxter County Library Card to participate which is available at no charge to Baxter County residents.
  2. READ and log your books in your child's reading log.
  3. REPORT back to a Youth Services Specialist to collect prizes along the way.
  4. REPEAT until you finish 1000 books. Upon completion of 1000 books, your child will receive a hardback book with his or her name in it, have their photo taken for the newspaper and for our Reading Wall of Fame, receive a completion certificate, and receive an invitation to a Completer party!

How It Works: Paper

  1. REGISTER for the program by visiting the Children's Library. Each child needs a Baxter County Library Card to participate which is available at no charge to Baxter County residents.
  2. READ and log your books in your child's reading log binder.
  3. REPORT back to a Youth Services Specialist with your binder each time you complete 100 books to receive your next set of reading log pages. (Some milestones have more surprises.)
  4. REPEAT until you finish 1000 books. Upon completion of 1000 books, your child will receive a hardback book with his or her name in it, have their photo taken for the newspaper and for our Reading Wall of Fame, receive a completion certificate, and receive an invitation to a Completer party!

Additional Tips

  • Your books or books from any library are eligible including the books read during storytime.
  • Repetition is a great way to learn and books can be logged more than once and by each of the children you read to.
  • Books heard through electronic resources are allowed if an adult or older sibling sits with the child throughout the story for bonding and discussion times. 

 

Recommended Resources:

2019 Baxter County Early Literacy Project Sponsors

Early Literacy Project Sponsors

James & Jackie Neff
Robert & Mary Walker
Mary James
Mountain Home Walmart

2019 Little Free Library Sponsors

The Loving Family of Janella Keppen
The Saturday Club of Cotter

For more information on the Baxter County Early Literacy Project, please contact Kim Crow Sheaner at kim.c@baxlib.org or 870-580-0979.