Library fundraiser to help build Baby’s personal library

It’s all about the bump. North Liberty Community Library invites community members to participate in our first Waddle Walk, April 23 at 1 p.m. This 2K walk is a fundraiser to support the library’s Read to the Bump program, which helps build baby’s personal library before birth by purchasing board books to give to expecting families. The program is currently offered at the North Liberty Community Pantry. All profits of this fund-raiser will go toward expanding the program to the library.

“Read to the Bump is helping us meet our goals of creating young readers. These goals include encouraging children to develop an appreciation for reading that helps prepare them for school success, helping caregivers understand the importance of early literacy and our broader goal that every North Liberty household will have reading material to encourage lifelong reading habits,” said Jennie Garner, the library’s director.

The whole family is encouraged to waddle their way through our 2K course starting at the library. The walk will follow the trail around Liberty Centre Pond and include literacy tips and a story walk. We will waddle on puddle or shine.

“We wanted to create a fun event that was accessible to everyone —include expecting families,” said Assistant Library Director Jennifer Jordebrek.

The inaugural Waddle Walk is supported by OB/GYN Associates of Iowa City and Coralville.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and goodies with their paid registration. Register at eventbrite.com by April 10 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Cost is $15 per adult, $10 per school-age kid and $5 for children 5 and younger, or $50 for the whole family. T-shirt pick up will begin at noon day of the event.

The Read to the Bump Program is part of the Library’s Womb Literacy initiative that encourages expecting families to develop daily reading habits before baby is born so it’s easier to continue them after baby’s arrival. Statistics show that children are more successful in school, work and life if they are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Reading to children also promotes language development and increased word recognition.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event; contact Library Director Jennie Garner for sponsorship information.