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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, at First Library, 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, the first and only fully operational affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in New Jersey, 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.*

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First Library is more than a free monthly book program. It’s an incentive and reward program too. 


Beyond the daily reading and monthly library visits, First Library parents can also earn rewards with increased participation to shop for free gifts  at our First Library Book Shop™. 


First Library Book Shop offers first time mothers additional free books during their child's first three years of life, free of charge, through various free reading related activities.


BONUS: First time mothers receive gifts for continued participation.

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Newborn children of low-income, first time parents can also participate in First Library's First Library Plusprogram. First Library Plus offers first time mothers in need the monthly First Library book program (or other approved free book programs) 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 healthy and responsible parenting, and early childhood literacy, book ownership, journaling and library patronage.


Points earned through various free reading related activities can be used to shop for free clothing and toys at our children's shop, First Library Plus 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 elsewhere.


BONUS: First time mothers in need receive gifts for continued participation.

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Creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months.++

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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 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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FOR LESS!

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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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The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. +++

What our customers are saying

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.

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 TO OUR FREE

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

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First Library Plus also accepts new book and educational toy donations from our curated Amazon.com Baby Registry Page

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

Parents are also asked to complete quarterly reading surveys and questionaires.

See Register My Child page for complete details.

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Readyay! (pronounced red-ay) is an online consignment service than raises money for nonprofit free book programs ONLY (40% of the proceeds) with donations made on behalf of the program in donor's town.


First Library celebrated its 5 Year Anniversary with a pledge by Readyay! (readyay.com) Consignment Service to double their regular 5% (of every sale) donation to 10% to the nonprofit free book program in the buyer’s town for a limited time.  Visit readyay.com for details.

 

Please support children, books and reading by patronizing Readyay! (readyay.com).

Thank you. 

Readyay!

Consignment Service 

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Readyay! is more than a consignment service to raise funds for the free monthly book program in the donor's town. 


Its Yay! More Free Books Initiative donates 5% of every sale for the free monthly book program in the buyer's town thereby  ensuring the gift of reading to to all children (registered in the First Library program) with every purchase. 


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FROM READERS... FOR READERS... TO READERS.

Yay! More Free Books Courtesy of Readyay! 

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First Library is more than a "do good(er)" program, it's a "do better" program.


Its First Library Plus program helps first time mothers in need bring the love of reading and library patronage into their child's life and homes.


Parents can "earn" free books plus clothing and educational toys for their child’s first three years of life through our incentive and reward programs.


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

Readyay! is proud to double its Yay! More Free Books Initiative 5% (of every sale) donation to 10% for items donated on behalf of the First Library Plus program in the buyer's town.


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THE LITTLEST DONATION MAKES THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE.

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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.

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.

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

++Harris, Louis. An Assessment of the Impact of First Book’s Northeast Program. January 2003.

 +++National Commission on Reading, 1985

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Readyay! (pronounced red-ay) is an online consignment service than raises money for nonprofit free book programs ONLY (40% of the proceeds) with donations made on behalf of the program in donor's town.


First Library celebrated its 5 Year Anniversary with a pledge by Readyay! (readyay.com) Consignment Service to double their regular 5% (of every sale) donation to 10% to the nonprofit free book program in the buyer’s town for a limited time.  Visit readyay.com for details.

 

Please support children, books and reading by patronizing Readyay! (readyay.com).

Thank you. 

Readyay!

Consignment Service 

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First Library is more than a "do good(er)" program, it's a "do better" program.


Its First Library  Plus program helps first time mothers in need bring the love of reading and library patronage into their child's life and homes.


Parents can "earn" free books plus clothing and educational toys for their child’s first three years of life through our incentive and reward programs.


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


Readyay! is proud to double its Yay! More Free Books Initiative 5% (of every sale) donation to 10% for items donated on behalf of the First Library Plus program in the buyer's town.


Readyay!

FROM READERS... FOR READERS... TO READERS.

Readyay! for First Library Plus

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Cards for Books is a greeting card company (with a social action mission) that donates a book to the free book program in the buyer's town with the purchase of every card.


Whether it's a "Happy Birthday" card or a “Thank You” card, a book (or its equivalent) will be donated to the free book program in the buyer's town. 

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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.

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.

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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.