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Born To Read

Born to Read:
A national program designed to empower parents to be their child's first teacher. The county-wide program reaches families through health care providers, family literacy agencies, early intervention programs, special needs organizations, and the Pinellas County School System.

  • informs parents about the benefits of reading to their children,
  • encourages reading by providing developmentally appropriate books to begin a home library,
  • invites families to use their local library by giving them a free library card and a coupon to redeem for a free book when they attend story time!

The following services are provided through the PPLC Born to Read program:

  • Referral services to literacy organizations. Provide material to parents for their children on:
    • Sharing quality time
    • Building self-esteem
    • Teaching respect for others
    • Developing the senses
    • Developing language skills
    • Having fun
  • Family literacy programming
  • Teen Parenting workshops
  • Community Outreach Activities
  • Partners with health care agencies, school system, and area literacy organizations.

Click HERE to
download the bookmark.

Click HERE to
download the brochure.

Born to Read Coordinator

Deborah Cooney
(727) 441-8408


Participating Libraries


Click HERE for a more detailed description of the PPLC Born to Read program.

The Born to Read program is brought to you by The Association for Library Service to Children. ALSC is a network of more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children. For more information about ALSC, please click HERE.

Main Library Born to Read Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00am-4pm Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed

Supporting Partners

Alpha Chi Omega

Friends of the Clearwater Library

Friends of the Largo Library

First Book National Book Bank

Pinellas Public Library Cooperative | 1330 Cleveland Street | Clearwater, FL 33755-5103 | Phone: (727) 441-8408 | Fax: (727) 441-8938