A new Every Child Ready Duluth initiative will begin helping new parents learn to read and write. Starting Thursday, St. Louis County Home Visiting Nurses will begin distributing literacy bags from the Duluth Public Library to parents of newborn babies.
Each bag will contain hardback books, a song and nursery rhyme booklet, library tips on reading to babies and toddlers, and information on obtaining baby library cards. Additionally, library staff will train St. Louis County home nurses to share reading tips with babies new to parents when they visit them at home.
The Every Child Ready Duluth initiative aims to ensure children are ready for kindergarten.
“We want children to have access to books from birth,” Librarian Carmella Hatch said in a press release on the project. . We also want to support parents by incorporating tips for reading, singing, playing, speaking and writing with babies into the information parents receive from home visiting nurses. We want parents to know the library is there to support them with books, toys and more… all for free!
The first 200 literacy bags were paid for by the Duluth Rotary Club, Essentia Health and the Duluth Library Foundation. The organization is seeking funding to expand the program in the future.