Free Books for First Born Children

Giving the love of reading one book at a time

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First Library is an early childhood literacy program that promotes reading by providing free books to children of first time mothers and free books plus clothing and educational toys to first time mothers in need.  


The average middle-income child has about 13 books in their home. In low-income neighborhoods, there is only one book for every 300 children.+


Our vision is to provide every first born child a foundation for a lifetime love of reading and library patronage one book at a time.


First Library in conjunction with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (imaginationlibrary.com), gives newborn children of first time parents (regardless of gender, race or income) up to 60 free, brand new, age-appropriate books, until the age of 5, at no cost or financial obligation to their families. All we ask is that they read to them daily and maintain local library patronage.*


Newborn children of low-income, first time parents can also participate in First Library's First Library Plus program. First Library Plus offers first time mothers in need the monthly First Library book program (or other books) plus new clothing and educational toys during their child's first three years of life, free of charge, through its incentive and reward program. The program promotes early childhood literacy, journaling, library patronage, and healthy and responsible parenting. Points earned through various free reading related activities can be used to shop for free books, toys and clothing at our children's shop.  


In keeping with the First Library mission of only giving new books, First Library Plus hopes to instill the same sense of pride and joy, and now dignity, in first time mothers in need, by only offering new clothing and toys they have "earned" for their child. And by soon making the items (and existing program) available online at the First Library Plus Shop, much needed family time and resources can be used else.


First Library , a New Jersey nonprofit corporation, is funded through personal and corporate sponsorship and coming soon, the proceeds of the sale of new unwanted women and children's clothing and shoes donated on behalf of the participating community's program. 


First Library Plus is supported through the "pay it forward" model. Parents are encouraged to donate their child's new unwanted clothing and educational toys (non-battery-operated) for the program. Personal and corporate sponsorship is also invited.


We welcome any interested parties to contact us so that we may work together to bring the First Library program to every first born child in New Jersey. As partners, we can help prepare every first born New Jersey child for a lifetime of reading success.

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+Neuman, S., & Dickinson, D. (Eds.). (2006) Handbook of Early Literacy Research (Vol. 2)

*Yearly Parent Pledge is required for participation in the First Library program. 

Parents are also asked to complete quarterly reading surveys. 

See Register My Child page for complete details.

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I like the idea that you are helping first time mothers and their babies while educating them about the importance of reading to them early and consistently. Also, it is a great idea that you are promoting healthy and responsible parenting.

E. Ann M.

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MORE BOOKS FOR KIDS!

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HOW MANY BOOKS ARE IN YOUR CLOTHES CLOSET?

$550.OO WORTH!

TURN YOUR NEW UNWANTED CLOTHING INTO 

NEW NEEDED BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS IN YOUR TOWN.


The average woman has $550.00 worth of new unworn clothing and shoes.+

That's about 5 items that you (75%) or your friends (51%) don't really like or want (you) to wear.


DONATE YOUR NEW UNWANTED CLOTHING AND SHOES & HELP GIVE FREE BOOKS TO PRESCHOOL CHILDREN IN YOUR TOWN.

CHILDREN'S CLOTHING ACCEPTED TOO*

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library




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WANT TO BE A POSITIVE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD IN NEED TOO.

DONATE TO FIRST LIBRARY PLUS.

DONATE YOUR CHILD'S NEW UNWANTED SIZE NEWBORN TO 4T CLOTHING AND TOYS TO OUR FREE

FIRST LIBRARY PLUS SHOP FOR LOCAL FIRST TIME MOTHERS IN NEED.*

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First Library Plus is happy to accept the following NEW children's items:

Clothing (newborn to 4t)*

Board books

Hardcover books

Educational toys (non-battery operated)*

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BE A POSITIVE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD IN NEED.

DONATE TO 

FIRST LIBRARY PLUS.


DONATE YOUR CHILDREN'S NEW UNWANTED SIZE NEWBORN TO 6x CLOTHING OR TOYS TO OUR FREE

FIRST LIBRARY PLUS SHOP FOR

FIRST TIME MOTHERS IN NEED.*

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But First Library is so much more than the other free book programs. We're an incentive and reward program too.

Beyond the daily reading and bimonthly library visits parents can earn rewards for free gifts for the child with increased participation. 

READyay! for First Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is all about inspiration and imagination. Ms. Parton created the program so that every preschool child in her home of Sevier County, Tennessee, would have their own library of books that would encourage in them a love of reading and learning. Each child, regardless of gender, race or income, registered in the Imagination Library program received a book each month until the age of five, paid for by Ms. Parton’s Dollywood Foundation. The program was so successful and generated so much interest from across the country that Dolly decided to offer her Imagination Library for replication in any community that was able support it through a sponsored affiliate program.

Affiliates promote, register, manage, and pay all book, mailing and program costs. The Dollywood Foundation manages the book selection and delivery database system.

First Library, the first and only fully operational Imagination Library affiliate in New Jersey, provides a free, brand new, age-appropriate book each month to every child, under the age of 5, registered in their literacy program, free of charge. The annual cost of $40.00 per child is supported through the generosity of personal and corporate donations. 

First Library will soon be offering first time mothers in need free clothing and educational toys (plus the free First Library program books or other books) through its new upcoming online First Library Plus Shop.



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COMING SOON READyay ONLINE CONSIGNMENT SHOP!

Shop new and like new clothes and help kids get READy for a lifetime of reading @ readyay.com

READyay (pronounce red-ay) is a unique online consignment service that raises money for schools through the sale of gently used better and designer women and children’s clothing donated by parents on behalf of their school.

Schools receive 40% of the proceeds plus READyay donates 5% of every sale to First Library.

Please visit readyay.com and help support First Library.

First Library celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

First Library celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary with a pledge by READyay! (readyay.com) Online Consignment / Free Book Fundraising store to donate five percent (5%) of every sale to its free book program. Please support children, books and reading by patronizing READyay!. Thank you.

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Shop new and like new clothes and help kids get READy for a lifetime of learning @ readyay.com

READyay (pronounce red-ay) is a unique online consignment service that raises money for schools through the sale of gently used better and designer women and children’s clothing donated by parents on behalf of their school.

Schools receive 40% of the proceeds plus READyay donates 5% of every sale to First Library.

Please visit readyay.com and help support First Library.

First Library - Definition


First [furst] - adjective - being before all others

with respect to time, order, rank, importance.


Li·brar·y [lahy-brer-ee, -bruh-ree, -bree] noun,

plural li·brar·ies - a collection of any materials

for study and enjoyment.

irst Library Definition

Definition

FIRST

First [furst] - adjective - being before all others

with respect to time, order, rank, importance.


LIBRARY

Li·brar·y [lahy-brer-ee, -bruh-ree, -bree] noun, plural li·brar·ies - a collection of any materials

for study and enjoyment.

READyay

Shop new and like new clothes and help kids get READy for a lifetime of learning @ readyay.com

READyay (pronounce red-ay) is a unique online consignment service that raises money for schools through the sale of gently used better and designer women and children’s clothing donated by parents on behalf of their school.

Schools receive 40% of the proceeds plus READyay donates 5% of every sale to First Library.

Please visit readyay.com and help support First Library.