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County offers free books for infants
By Casey Cora, Times staff writer
Published February 26, 2008
TAMPA -- Free books are headed to the Hillsborough County kindergarten classes of 2011.
Sponsored by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County Way, United Way of Tampa Bay and Hillborough County, the early literacy initiative is designed to boost reading skills and serve as a primer for kindergarten.
Parents living in Hillsborough County can register with Imagination Library any time leading up to their child's fifth birthday. In families with more than one child under five years old, each child is eligible for the program. Families with preschool children who move into Hillsborough County may also register.
How do I register?
By calling 813-272-5017, visiting the local United Way Imagination Library Web site, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or picking up an application at any of the 27 branches of the Hillsborough County Public Library.
Once registered, children will receive a free, age-appropriate book each month for the next five years. That means a child registered at birth will end up with a 60-volume library of free books, starting with the seminal The Little Engine That Could and ending with Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come.