Delaware Library Card Campaign
First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, Honorary Chair
Goal: Half of Delawareans have a library card… help us reach 100% to achieve a Stronger Delaware!
In Delaware, only 52% of children read at grade level by third grade; that number drops to 37% in 17 low income zip codes, including Wilmington, Dover and Western/Central Sussex County. Children who are competent and passionate readers by 3rd grade have a strong foundation for success in school and in life!
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
In Delaware’s Imagination Library program, children ages birth up to their 5th birthday receive a FREE book in the mail each month. The purpose is to instill the habit of reading, and create the library habit, too!
This program is brought to you by Delaware Libraries, a program of First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney’s First Chance initiative.
Register at DelawareLibraries.org/Imagination.
My First Delaware Library Card
Sign your child up today! Birth to 5 years
It’s never too early to read to children! Read 4 books each day; a few favorites as well as a variety of books from the library! Choose books that appeal to you, so that your child senses your excitement about reading! Attend Story Times and other programs at the library to gain new experiences.
- Reading aloud to babies builds listening, attention and vocabulary skills.
- Children whose parents frequently read to them know more words by age two than children who have not been read to.
Super Library Card for Kids
Sign up today! Ages 6-12 years
Children who read succeed! Continue to read to your children every day in addition to assisting them in building their own reading skills. Once kids develop a reading passion, they devour books like potato chips!
- Kids who are first learning to read retain more information from listening to books read aloud than from reading them independently.
- Reading aloud with kids helps build vocabulary, improves reading skills, and fosters a sense of closeness between parent and child.
Teens and Adults, too!
Continue to set personal reading goals and track your inspiration. We’re all geniuses, we just need to get organized! Visit the library regularly in person and online to learn about new programs, services & opportunities! Get a card today!
What’s Your Passion?
Whatever your passion you can find it at the library. Today the library is a place of self discovery, lifelong learning, technology and so much more. No matter what the subject you can find it here. Governor John Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, Cabinet members, Senators and Representatives discuss what they are Passionate about and how the library can help you find yours. Visit What’s Your Passion? to learn more. DE Library Card Rack Card PDF
Unleash Inner Genius
Track the books you and your children read over time, keep a list of titles and number of books. Highlight your family favorites!
Capture your children’s questions as they grow, to encourage curiosity!
Tips for all ages visit guides.lib.de.us/unleash!
Flyer: Download Library Card Campaign Flyer PDF
Opinion Article:Let’s make Delaware the First State in reading-Delaware State News PDF