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First Steps to Literacy Trust Provides Books for County Newborns

With the spirit of giving in mind, the Tuscarawas County Public Library System continued its efforts this year in providing books for babies through its First Steps to Literacy: Books for Babies Trust fund.

The trust was established in 2008 by New Philadelphia native Betty Lou Honaker who wishes to provide books to newborn babies in Tuscarawas County each year. With the trust, the library was able to provide 81 books to babies born at Union Hospital during 2017.

 “Supporting early literacy development is a main objective of our library,” said the library’s Children’s Services Manager Kathryn Green “As the trust grows, we have been able to provide more books to newborns each year.”

The trust was established with the hope to sustain this project for many years. Each year, 90 percent of the interest income is used to purchase books for newborns while the remaining interest income and trust fund is reinvested for use in future years.

"Betty Lou has lived her life dedicated to reading, learning, children, and libraries. She is a special lady,” said Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “We are honored to assist her in sharing the gift of literacy to the youngest members in our community.”

Ramsell said the Tuscarawas County Public Library welcomes others to contribute a tax deductible donation to the First Steps to Literacy Trust fund. 

For information on donating to the First Steps to Literacy: Books for Babies trust or to find out how to donate to other library projects, visit www.tusclibrary.org/support or contact Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell at 330-364-4474 ext. 237.

PHOTO: Luke and Sally Lester with their brand new baby Lila are pictured at Union Hospital with Children’s Services Manager Kathryn Green from the Tuscarawas County Public Library System.