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
  • Promoting the importance of early literacy
  • Instilling the practice of reading aloud into family culture
  • Increasing awareness of Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards

Current Projects

Little Free Libraries
At this time, there are 5 Early Literacy Project Little Free Libraries in Baxter County stocked with children’s books.  You can’t miss them – they are bright yellow.  Anyone may take a book or leave a book to share. Visit a Little Free Library today with your child.

Cooper Park in Mountain Home
Quail Run/Meadow Park Apartments in Mountain Home
Mountain Home Kindergarten
Lancaster Park in Gassville
Norfork Head Start

Little Free Library Locator Map

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
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails one free, high-quality book per month to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.  Thanks to some generous donations, this program is now available to children in Baxter County!  To enroll your child, visit the Library or  Baxter County Imagination Library Facebook Page

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.