An outreach project by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library to encourage early literacy has received the 2014 National Head Start Association Edward Zigler Innovation Award.
The award recognizes work by Youth Services Supervisor Susan Thorpe and Outreach Coordinator Barbara Nolan to get books into the hands of children attending the North Idaho College Head Start. Books were given to 170 children through the First Books program. Books were provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Thorpe and Nolan conducted monthly reading programs, similar to those offered at the library, at Head Start for nine months and distributed books and a Bookworms newsletter to the children.
The library also hosts an annual meeting specifically for Head Start families and conducts a tour of the library with the goal of explaining the benefits of early childhood literacy.
“We know that the books received by these children create home libraries and early literacy skills,” said Library Director Bette Ammon.” We know that owning and reading books increases the desire to learn and helps children develop reading skills that will help them throughout their school years.”
As the recipient of the Edward Zigler Innovation Award, the library staff receives a free registration for the 2014 NHSA Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif., April 28 – May 2, 2014, and two tickets to the Scholarships & Awards celebration to be held at the conference.