First Library Plus

FREE Books plus new clothing and educational toys for first time mothers in need.

First Library Plus gives first time mothers in need books plus new clothing and educational toys throughout their child's first three years of life (and sometimes before), free of charge, through our incentive and reward program, while promoting early childhood literacy, journaling, library patronage, and healthy and responsible parenting.*

Rewards points can be earned through various free reading related activities and can be used to shop our (soon to open) online children's shop, First Library Plus Shop, for books, toys and clothing.**

All we ask is that they read to their child daily, keep a reading log and maintain local library patronage while in the program.***

Newborn children of low-income, first time parents can also participate in the First Library program.+

Please fill out the form below to be considered for the First Library Plus program in your community.


*Proof of first time birth, i.e. doctor's note, and local library patronage are required for participation in the program.

**Items may be picked up at our office or shipped for an additional fee. Minimum $10.00 handling/shipping fee.

***ALL incoming program participants are required to complete and return reading surveys and parent questionnaires.

+If available.

REQUIREMENTS

  • It is the mother's first child.
  • The mother is less than 24 weeks pregnant or has a child under one year old.
  • The mother is able to commit to the program for three years.
  • The mother is currently enrolled in Medicaid, Food Stamps/SNAP, TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), WIC or has extreme financial need.
  • The mother is enrolled in a participating service organization program.

First Library Plus is currently available in parts of Essex, Morris, and Union Counties, NJ.

Parents interested in having the First Library Plus program in their community should fill out a First Library Plus Request form. When sufficient interest and funding is shown, First Library Plus will bring the program to your community. Program subject to change at any time.

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First Library Plus Shop

What our first time mothers mothers are saying.

Thank you so much for the baby girl clothes, Catherine! I love the outfits and can't wait to put them on my daughter! They are too cute. Words cannot express my gratitude for your helping. It's nice to know there are still helping and caring people. God bless you and your lovely family!

Stephanie




First Library Plus gives first time mothers in need books plus clothing and educational toys throughout their child's first three years of life, free of charge, while promoting early childhood literacy and healthy parenting.*

All we ask is that they read to their child daily, maintain local library patronage and keep a reading log while in the program.**

Newborn children of low-income, first time parents can also participate in the First Library program.***


Please fill out the form below to be considered for the First Library Plus program.


First Library Plus is currently available in Essex, Morris, and Union Counties, NJ.

Parents interested in having the First Library Plus program in their community should fill out a First Library Plus Request form. When sufficient interest and funding is shown in a community, First Library Plus will bring the program to that community.

*Proof of local library patronage and first time birth, i.e. doctor's note, are required for participation in the program.

**ALL program participants are required to complete and return reading surveys.

***If available.

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  • The mother is less than 28 weeks pregnant or has a child under one year old.
  • The mother is able to commit to the program for three years.
  • The mother is currently enrolled in Medicaid, Food Stamps/SNAP, Assistance to Needy Families/Work First NJ, WIC or has extreme financial need.
  • The mother is enrolled in participating service organization program.

First Library Plus is currently available in Essex, Morris, and Union Counties, NJ.

Parents interested in having the First Library Plus program in their community should fill out a First Library Plus Request form. When sufficient interest and funding is shown in a community, First Library Plus will bring the program to that community.

*Proof of local library patronage and first time birth, i.e. doctor's note, are required for participation in the program.

**ALL program participants are required to complete and return reading surveys.

***If available.

[email protected]

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

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

FIRST TIME MOTHERS IN NEED. *

*With tags.

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

Board books

Hardcover books

Educational toys (non-battery operated)

Clothing (newborn to size 4t).

Drop Them Off

First Library Office

First Library's office hours are limited.

Please call ahead to make a donation @ 973-610-2490.

Donations may also be left in the donation bin in front of the office 

(32 Woodland Avenue, Morristown, NJ - Rear Building) at any time. 

Please mark 

Attention: First Library Plus.

Community Give Back 

The following companies graciously accept donations.

Learning Express Toys, 

158 South Street, Morristown


LaptopMD, 

169 South Street,

Morristown


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Attention: First Library Plus. 

Ship Them 

Donate by mail. 

Send your donations directly to First Library, 

32 Woodland Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

Attention: First Library Plus. 

First Time Mother

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New Book Monthly

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Reading Aloud Daily 


Daily Reading Log


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Quarterly Surveys


What our first time fathers are saying.

It was a pleasure dealing with Catherine today. I think what your doing here is great. Its nice to know there are still people that are willing to help those in need. Thanks

Alberto C

Why Our Mission Grew

Sometimes a book a month is not enough. But maybe a book plus new clothing and educational toys with guidance might be.


Becoming a (first time) mother can be hard. Being a first time mother raising a child in poverty can be overwhelming.  


Growing up as the youngest child (of eight) of a young widow funds were scarce and time was even scarcer. Even though we lived two blocks from the local library I rarely went there (with my mother and/or siblings) unless it was through the nearby school. I only began regularly visiting the library as a young adult. 


After I married I decided to break the pattern set in my home growing up and make books and the use of the library a constant and permanent part of my, and my future children's, life.


As I prepared for the birth of my first child I attended parenting classes and regularly read early childhood development educational books; most borrowed from the library. 


During my pregnancy and after the birth of my first child, I read aloud to him daily. I also took him regularly, starting at birth, to bookstores and the library. A practice I continued with my subsequent children.


Today, he and my other three children are voracious readers with extensive home libraries.


Throughout their preschool years I also gave them educational, non battery-operated toys to expand their imaginations and develop their fine motor skills.


I thought if the practices I had introduced during their childhood, (the early introduction of reading aloud daily (and before birth), continued exposure to literature, book ownership and library patronage, the usage of educational toys plus healthy parenting), had benefited my children so greatly, was there a way could I offer such a program to first time mothers, many in need?


I, once again began researching ways to implement such the program on a larger scale (for first time mothers in need only) and discovered Prevent Child Abuse America and Nurse Family Partnership. Their (and others) home visiting programs are especially designed for expectant and/or new parents (NFP is for first time mothers only) and are designed to teach them healthy parenting skills and ways to nurture their child's literacy skills.


I created First Library Plus (formerly First Baby) and the First Library Plus Shop to compliment these existing programs. It would expand on the model of the First Library program with the focus on first time mothers in need only.


First Library Plus is designed to help first time mothers in need bring the love of reading and library patronage into their child's home at birth (and before) and to help them learn the importance of early childhood development, healthy parenting and, especially, reading.


Catherine

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Admission Form Request

Please fill out the form below for a First Library Plus admission form. 

Please note a referral form from a participating service agency must be submitted before acceptance into the First Library Plus program.  

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What our customers are saying


Thank you for the winter clothes for our son it is much appreciated!

Daniele I.