Head Start Book Bag Program

The Littleton-South Metro Branch and Sheridan Head Start Program have been working together since 2006 to provide book bags for preschoolers. Children who attend Head Start are from low-income families that often have limited access to appropriate literature in their homes. This project is an attempt to rotate a library of books through these homes for children and their parents to enjoy together.

The branch provides 10 book bags to 10 classrooms for a total of 100 bags! These book bags foster early reading experiences which is a critical service to the children. Children who have enjoyed books in preschool have an easier time learning to read in school. Children take home the book bags, and someone in their family or home reads to them and keeps track of time spent reading. When the book bags are returned, branch volunteers check in the bags and keep track of total hours of reading by classroom. When a classroom reaches 150 hours of reading there is a classroom party which consists of singing and storytelling, and then each child selects a book to keep. Branch members meet once a week to check the book bags and determine when a party is due.

The Book Bag program at Sheridan Early Childhood Center will be starting up again in mid-
September. For those new to our Branch, this is a community service project that our branch
has been involved with for about 12 years, loaning books to preschoolers to take home and
read with their families. Volunteers meet on Tuesday mornings from 9-11 to check in books and
repair or replace book bags. Classroom parties are held when classes achieve 150 hours of
reading.The success of this program is dependent on branch involvement, either through volunteering,
donation of books (new or used) or financial contributions. A belated thank you to everyone who donated books, money or their time last year. A special thanks goes to Nancy Benedict who donated many boxes of books from her own personal collection.

If you wish to volunteer or just find out more about the program, please contact Mary Ann Travis.