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FISD and City Books for Babies Program Wins Award (April, 2008)

Frisco Independent School District Library Services and the City of Frisco’s public library  have won the  Highsmith award for “Books for Babies”, a collaborative project, according to Elizabeth Polk, Highsmith Awards Committee Chair.

The Books for Babies program provides a canvas bag with a classic board book and information on the importance of reading to the parents of every baby born at Centennial Medical Center.

Initiated by Frisco ISD Libraries, Books for Babies is a partnership involving FISD, Frisco Public Library, and Centennial Medical Center, with generous support from the Frisco Noon Rotary Club.

The goal of the program is to help create readers in the youngest of our children; and Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook, sums up the program’s philosophy well, “Few children learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to lure them into the wonderful world of the written word; someone has to show them the way.”

Leigh Ann Jones, Coordinator of Library Services, announced the good news to the District Thursday, April 10th.  Representatives from Frisco ISD and the city library will accept the award together on April 17 at the Dallas Convention Center.