PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Jeannie Goff was one of the first to take advantage of Pascagoula's Imagination Library. Now, she makes reading a part of her daily routine with her five year old son Nate, and his baby sister, Jillian.
"It's really nice to see the kids get excited about reading," says Goff. "And anything to put books in the hands of little ones is great, because it's the single most important thing you can do to get your child ready for school."
Since she was born last year, little Jillian has received a free book in the mail every month. By the time she turns five, she'll have 60 books in her collection. And her mom says she can already see how the stories are helping Jillian learn.
"Reading the books with her every night, she started just now associating the pictures and the words that we're saying. So she can identify some of the things that she sees in the books in her everyday surroundings."
And she's not the only one benefiting from the books. Older brother Nate also looks forward to reading every night. And again, Mom is so happy to say the experience has really helped prepare him for Kindergarten this fall.
"He's learned the text progress from left to right. He's learned the alphabet identification, letter sounds, that the words and the pictures go together, and that's been very helpful. So we're very excited to see what Kindergarten brings for him."
In the past year and a half, 44 families have signed up for the Imagination Library. But, there are so many others who could be taking advantage of this fabulous program.
To qualify, you must live in one of these two zip codes: 39567 or 39581. Also, your child must have been born after January 1st, 2010.
By the way, new mothers in Pascagoula receive information about the Imagination Library in their new mother's packet they receive in the hospital.
To sign up, just call Pascagoula's Early Beginnings Resource Center at (228) 938-6418. That's also how you can get on the mailing list for the center's monthly newsletter.