Born To Read


We’re glad you found us!
Most of your baby’s important brain development will happen in the first 2000 days of life.
Did you know that the library provides resources and programs to enhance your child’s early learning?
Even for newborns – they are “born to read”!

Now you’re ready to use the Born To Read library card you received in your birthing center to give your baby a big head start with immediate access to thousands of online resources including children’s books, movies, and music.

Just click on any of the Born To Read Resource links to the right, use the library card number and the PIN 1234 for full online access.

All that’s left now is for you to start exploring! Come visit us at any of our 7 locations to check out books, movies, audio books, and music. And join us for early learning storytimes!

So what is Born To Read all about?
The Catawba County Library’s Born To Read project is a partnership with hospitals and Catawba County Partnership for Children to empower our citizens with the tools and resources to improve kindergarten readiness and overall educational attainment in Catawba County. The library is a key part of the solution with collections and Ready to Learn Story Time programs, as well as early literacy outreach and education that positively reinforces early literacy development.

“Research has proven that reading to newborns improves a child’s cognitive development,
language and literacy development as well as establishes positive attitudes toward reading.” (Highberger and Brooks, 1973:; Mol et at., 2008) “Research also indicates that parents who participate in a program such as Born to Read demonstrate more engagement in practicing early literacy activities with their children.(Van Zanten, Newborn Literacy)”

As a goal of our community centered strategic plan, the library seeks to expand our capacity to improve pre-literacy skills and teach parents how to foster these skills with their children. The library is collaborating with the Catawba County Partnership for Children to connect families to the Imagination Library program which provides children a free book each month for five years. This partnership compliments the library’s story time programming, addressing early literacy at a systemic level. The Born to Read program will expand the reach of the library and increase the likelihood that more young children will enter kindergarten prepared to learn.

The library has created 1600 Born to Read early literacy bags and is conducting early literacy workshops at prenatal education classes in local
hospitals and pregnancy care centers. The library will publish a Born to Read newsletter
containing early literacy tips to help parents engage their children in early literacy activities.

The Born To Read project is made possible through support from The Unifour Foundation Inc. Endowment and the Kenneth K. Millholland and Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment Fund, as component funds of the North Carolina Community Foundation.