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New: First Visit Kits for Children

As part of its early literacy initiative, the Camden County Library is offering free ‘first visit kits’ to children from birth to age five who get their first library card. It’s a way the library is encouraging families to help their children take the first steps toward lifelong learning.

Each kit consists of a stylish bag, important information about early literacy programs and a free board book for the child to keep. Families can visit any one of the library’s eight branches to get a library card and the kit, while supplies last. Only one kit per child will be available.

The new ‘first visit kits’ are just a part of the library’s early literacy initiative that includes story times, the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, community play dates, baby and toddler play groups and little learner activities. Each month the library offers scores of programs at its different branches. 

The Association of Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association identify five pillars of learning in its Ready to Read project for young children: Talking, Singing, Shared Reading, Writing and Playing.

“We encourage any parent or caregiver in the county to stop by one of our local branches and get a library card along with the kit to help their child take the first steps in their journey of lifelong learning,” says Linda Devlin, director of the Camden County Library System.

See full press release.

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Planning your book group’s next meeting?

Your library can help.   Check out Book Club in a Bag.

Each bag has multiple copies of a title, plus discussion questions to get your group talking.

Take a look at the list and place your request.




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