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Hillsboro Library donates books to WIC

Books at home help promote early learning, literacy


The Hillsboro Tribune

The Hillsboro Public Library recently donated 1,479 new books to Washington County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for families to take home.

The donation more than doubles the library’s previous donation to WIC in February.

English, Spanish and bilingual books were donated, featuring popular characters like Charlie Brown, Olivia, Curious George and Thomas the Tank Engine.

“The families can’t wait to read the book to their children,” said Tara Olson, senior public health dietitian with WIC. “We are promoting early literacy and school readiness with each book we hand out.”

Hillsboro Public Library’s Reader Services Manager Carol Reich coordinates these donations with various local agencies.

“We distribute books to children outside the library walls, reaching out to families who may not come to the library on a regular basis and may not be able to provide books at home for their children,” Reich said. “We purchased 1,479 books from our library vendor for children birth to five, with an emphasis on bilingual titles. We included board books for babies, early readers, picture books and easy nonfiction.”

The Hillsboro Library staff actively encourages families to have books in the home and to read early and often with children. They work with agencies such as WIC and support families in building home libraries, because many studies show that the presence of books in the home is a key indicator of successfully raising a reader who goes on to experience school success.

Washington County serves 19,000 individuals per year at its three WIC locations in Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tigard. The WIC program focuses on nutritional education and support for low-income pregnant women and families with young children. It includes breastfeeding support groups, nutrition education and vouchers for healthful foods available locally.

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