Early Literacy Project


Baxter County Early Literacy Project
Established in January 2018, the Baxter County Early Literacy Project is a collaboration between the Baxter County Library, Mountain Home, Cotter, and Norfork School Districts, ASUMH, and other early literacy advocates.

Early Literacy Project Mission
To equip all Baxter County children with the early literacy skills they need to be prepared to enter Kindergarten, by:

  • Getting books into their hands
  • Increasing awareness of the importance of early literacy
  • Instilling the practice of reading aloud into family culture
  • Aligning standards for early childhood development

Current Projects

Little Free Libraries
The Project is in the process of installing 5 Little Free Libraries in Baxter County to be stocked with children’s books.  The first one is installed at the playground at Cooper Park in Mountain Home, AR.  You can’t miss it – it is bright yellow.  The concept is “take one – leave one” – Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
This Baxter County Library program engages parents and caregivers in a commitment to read at least 1,000 books to their child before they enter Kindergarten.  Children receive little incentives for every 100 books read to them and are recognized when they complete the program.  To register a child, visit the Library!

Dolly Parton Imagination Library (In progress)
Efforts are currently underway to make the Dolly Parton Imagination Library available to children in Baxter County. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.  The program requires substantial financial support from the community, so we are currently in the fundraising and planning stages.  Learn More about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

For more information on any of these Baxter County Early Literacy Project initiatives, please contact Kim Crow Sheaner at kim.c@baxlib.org or 870-580-0979.