Got Office? Yes! We do! Move in was this week. Still sorting out Stuff. Very exciting! First things first: ability to register children for Imagination Library: Check! Two more today, Yay!
We were happy to have a table at the H2H 2017 Annual Community Fair again this year. We gave away a bunch of books, had lots of nice conversations, and registered neighborhood children for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library book deliveries. We also look forward to registering the babies soon to be born in the coming months, we saw evidence of quite a few of those!
Many Thanks to Lifelong Medical's Heart 2 Heart Team for putting on this event, feeding us, and making the whole thing easy and fun. See you next year!
Great piece, excellent reference article. Kind of long, but, first 2-3 pages are plenty of Good Info.
Full article, with graphics, here: www.nytimes.com/guides/books/importance-of-reading
Here is a sample of comments given on our Survey sent out in March, 2017.
On Saturday, April 1st two helpers and I went door-to-door in the Heart 2 Heart (H2H) neighborhood. Lifelong Medical's H2H grant program providing funding for the day's efforts (that grant also has covered several month's room rentals for our PlayBook Groups :). No photographer along, so, I only got this one pic of the superb workers recruited for the Day. We spoke to many families, registered 10 children for IL book deliveries, left forms to mail in with some households and on some porches we knew children lived in. It was a fun and informative day spreading the word -- and handing out books! so fun! -- about Imagination Library. I couldn't have dreamed of better canvassers and advocates for the IL program. THANK YOU, Erika and Aramis!!
White children and families are over represented in children's book publishing.
Books featuring children of color must be sought out. Luckily, that's beginning to change, especially here in the SF Bay Area thanks to efforts of many organizations such as Equal Reads and small-press publishers.
I believe it's vital that a child have books from birth, that they see themselves and their families reflected in books they own. A thing must be relevant to a child to be engaging. A baby interested in what they're looking at is a baby who is learning: synapses are firing, neurons are growing.
And, of course, it's vitally important that a child grow up with a sense they belong everywhere in the world, including books. Illustrations that reflect a baby's reality, their surroundings, their families, can help foster that sense from the start. Your baby belongs everywhere. Help them know that from the beginning by surrounding them with books that reflect them and their families, and encourage interaction with books -- relevant, interesting, engaging books -- from the beginning.
Valerie C. wrote:
“My daughter has been in the program since she was 2 [now 4+] she loves receiving the books. When we get a new one every month she always wants to open it right up and read it right away. She loves reading and is making strides towards reading on her own. We love to read anywhere but we especially love bringing books outside with us to read while we are waiting somewhere or to entertain us if we get a chance to get into a great story.
I love this program, it is fantastic. I have always loved reading and if such a program existed when I was a child my love of literature would have been supported from an earlier age.
My child is hyper active but she always will sit to hear a good book. I can not say enough great things about this program, I am only sorry she will be aging out of the program in less then a year but look forward to referring many friends and community members with young children your way.”
A big Thank you to Berkeley Police Association BARBECUE chefs at the CopsWest 2016 Benefit Barbecue cook-off October 8, 2016. BPA Board Member Chris Bonaventure turned over proceeds from that event outside the downtown police station. Their hard work to prepare a barbecue feast for about 1300 (!) diners at the event resulted in a generous and very welcomed donation to The BBBP. A win-win: diners enjoyed a barbecue lunch, more Berkeley babies get more books. All it took was the BPA Team's long hours and hard work!
Last April, BPA teamed up with (err. . . against) Berkeley Firefighters IAFF in a charity basketball game which we were the happy and honored beneficiaries of. Keep up the good work, the B-Ball, and the Barbecue!