A Look at
Snuggle Up & Read

Snuggle Up & ReadóBooks for Kids

Since 2000, the Friends of the Library have funded this gift book program to encourage early literacy and a love of books and reading. Once each year, (currently during January and February) volunteers from the Friends and Library District staff visit all Head Start classrooms in Alachua County to share the year's featured book and give each child a copy of the book to take home to help build their personal libraries. Over the life of this program, we have provided close to 20,000 books to children in our community. But the impact of this program doesn't stop with the Head Start student, as illustrated by the following story from a previous year's program:
"The afternoon of the program, one mother and her Head Start student came in (to the library) with his three siblings to get library cards and to check out all the "Daisy" books we had on the shelves. The whole family loved the book and that child was so proud to share it with his brothers and sisters."

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Snuggle Up & Read books include:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
Dogs Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Whistle For Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Corduroy by Don Freeman
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen
Come Along Daisy by Jane Simmons
A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Blook
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Projects  Funded  in 2014 - 2015 by
Book  Sale  Proceeds

$150,000 for ACLD Support
Direct support for the ACLD for Adult and Children’s programming, library materials, and other library needs.

  $7,930 in Scholarships for Library Personnel
Pays half of the tuition of Library Personnel who apply for successfully completed higher education coursework. A number of Library Staff have completed their Master of Library Science degrees through this program.

$4,863 for literacy projects,
including the Family Literacy Festival

   $4,000 for the ACLD Foundation
A gift to Katherine’s Tree, the Foundation’s book endowment fund
$10,000 “Snuggle Up and Read”
Support for distribution of books to all Head Start students in over 50 classes and toward the costs of the Snuggle Up and Read Center at the Headquarters Library.

  $6,103 Mini-grant Program
FOL awards grants to 501-(c)3 organizations for projects related to literacy, literature, library awareness, etc.