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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.

Contact Born to Read

(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 funded through the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County and the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. It is a library family literacy program that enables families to break the chronic cycle of illiteracy and poverty. These at-risk families in Pinellas County include teen parents, poverty level families, ESOL families, and families with special needs. For more information on the local program, please contact our Born to Read Coordinator at (727) 441-8408.

The program is also promoted on a national level by the American Library Association's section, The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). 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

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