Babies Belong at The Library

posted Apr 6, 2015, 5:17 PM by Fam Tompkins
Introducing the Launch of Babies Belong at The Library and
Baby’s First Library Card Beginning April 12, 2015!

ITHACA, NY–The public libraries of Tompkins County and Family Reading Partnership are delighted to announce that beginning the week of April 12th, Baby’s First Library Card will be distributed to new babies and their families. This date coincides with National Library Week and the National Week of the Young Child. The new library card is a Tompkins County-wide invitation to connect babies and their families to the many resources available at their local public library.  
Babies born at Cayuga Medical Center will receive their Baby’s First Library Card in a beautiful red bag that says: Love Me, Feed Me, Read to Me, Take Me to the Library! The bag is part of Family Reading Partnership’s Book at Birth program and has a copy of the book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” as a special gift to the new baby and family, which has been funded by Tompkins Trust Company since its inception in 1995.
Baby’s First Library Card will come with a special invitation for families to Come…Stay…Play! The library card is a special component of a new collaborative initiative to encourage early and ongoing library use, called Babies Belong at the Library!
Families of babies born before April 12, 2015, babies born at home, or families adopting babies are invited to pick up their baby’s library card, along with their Book at Birth and red bag, at their local library.
Partners in this unique and powerful collaborative initiative led by Family Reading Partnership include:
Dryden: Southworth Library
Groton Public Library
Lansing Community Library
Newfield Public Library
Trumansburg: Ulysses Philomathic Library
Ithaca: Tompkins County Public Library
Babies First Library Card and Babies Belong at the Library are part of Every Baby! Every Day! Talk. Sing, Read. Play.

In January 2014, Family Reading Partnership announced a community-wide call to action, Every Baby! Every Day! Talk. Sing, Read. Play., to ensure that all babies in our county are surrounded by words, songs, and stories right from the start.
Babies Belong at the Library
is a strong, systemic answer to that call, and demonstrates a unique collaboration and commitment by Tompkins County’s six public libraries to provide a special welcome to families of babies. The goal is for their local public library to be one of the first places families visit with their baby, to feel encouragement, and support for their special role as new parents. If this habit begins early, families will continue to enjoy the resources and support offered by libraries throughout their child’s life.
With input from the participating libraries, Family Reading Partnership has also developed a list of 50 Great Books for Baby’s First Year. The list will be distributed to families with their Baby’s First Library Card. This collection of carefully chosen, developmentally appropriate books for babies will be available for families to check out at any of the participating libraries.  

In special recognition of welcoming babies and supporting their families, all six public libraries have adopted a policy that there will be no late fines on board books.

Families are encouraged to contact their local library to find out about special opportunities for story times and play times for families with babies.
Every Baby! Every Day! Talk. Sing. Read. Play. It’s never too early to start, and the benefits last a lifetime! For more information, contact Elizabeth Stilwell, Early Childhood Specialist, Family Reading Partnership at
<>., call 607-277-8602, or visit <>.
Family Reading Partnership is a not-for-profit community coalition dedicated to creating a culture of literacy in which all children have early, frequent, and pleasurable experiences with words and stories, as a special part of everyday family life, right from the start.

Liz Kinast
Development and Public Relations Manager

Family Reading Partnership
54 Gunderman Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850