The Burlington Public Library and MidWestOne Bank have teamed up to promote the importance of early literacy development through the First Library Card Project. Nearly 50% of a child’s learning occurs in their first five years. Reading to your child from birth, coming to the library for storytimes, and picking out books together are wonderful ways to build your child’s vocabulary and print awareness. These skills will better prepare your child for learning to read and for success in school.
When you sign your child aged 0-5 up for a library card, your child will receive their own specially designed library card and a sticker. Thanks to a contribution from MidWestOne Bank, each child age five and under, who registers for a library card, also receives a free book to build their home library. This book is one you can read to your child now and someday listen to your child read to you.
MidWestOne Bank also will contribute $10 if you choose to open a Kids Club Savings account for your child at one of their bank locations. Ask at the desk for more details.
Reading to a young child is not only a chance to learn, but also a chance to bond and relax together. The library’s youth services staff look forward to working with you as you give your child the gift of reading.