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On this page you'll find materials for leading parent education workshops, right down to the basic script, available through the MHLS professional collection and/or System libraries; you'll also have access to suggested parenting books and videos and to free booklets from MHLS, demonstrating early literacy skills techniques; in addition, you'll find resources for obtaining children's books for starting home libraries.

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library Materials for Parent Education Workshops

Materials listed below circulate from the MHLS Professional Collection and/or from System libraries. All Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library parent training kit materials may be also be accessed and printed from the PLA online site.

PLEASE NOTE: Materials that are part of the MHLS Professional Collection may be borrowed only by MHLS member library staff through our online ILL form or by placing a hold through the Millennium staff module. You will not be able to order these materials through Request-a-Title.

PLA Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library Training Kit - Everything you need to conduct any of the three early literacy education programs for parents/caregivers/early childhood educators.

Training Kit program videos to borrow or purchase separately:

Parenting Books and Videos -A list of books, and CD's that were purchased for Growing Readers @ MHLS Libraries participating libraries to assist parents in using early literacy techniques with their children.

Free MHLS Booklets to Give to Participating Families

The following booklets may be ordered through the MHLS online Material Request form:
  • Babies & Books from the Beginning (English or Spanish) - Specifically directed toward families with children ages birth to age 3, booklets include suggestions for promoting early language development, samples of common nursery rhymes, information about how to get an MHLS library card and a listing of area library phone numbers. Revised and reprinted in 2003, the booklets may be used as handouts to "new" parents visiting the library, to families attending baby, toddler and preschool storytimes or to community agencies serving families with very young children.

Books for Starting Family Libraries

Books to distribute to families for the purpose of encouraging reading at home may be obtained by applying to the following organizations:

  • The Lisa Libraries - Donates new children's books to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. Books are free and may be selected and picked up at the Lisa Library warehouse in Kingston or pay for shipping and the books will be chosen and boxed for you.

  • Scholastic Warehouse Sales - Each month, Scholastic schedules warehouse sales throughout the country. Save up to 50 percent off books, software, and other items. Some books are available for a dollar

FOLUSA Books for Babies packets (English & Spanish) for parents of newborns - contains Babies Love Books: A Guide for Grownups, brochure with reading tips, a board book and bookmark.