Baby Reads

What is Baby Reads?

Baby Reads is a program that sets your family up for reading success by making reading easy, fun, and part of your daily routine!

Why Baby Reads?

Research shows that reading to babies contributes significantly to their brain development. Reading, singing, playing, and cuddling stimulate intellectual and emotional development.

Free Book and a Fresh Start

With Baby Reads you get a library card for your baby and a free board book to keep. Any fines you have will be erased when your newborn gets a library card before their first birthday. This offer is good for first-time baby cardholders.

How Do I Get Started?

Just print the application below and bring it to the Circulation Desk at the Council Bluffs Public Library, along with your photo ID with your current address on it. If your ID doesn’t have your address just bring a utility bill, car registration, government assistance letter, or bank statement that does.

Raising Readers Benchmark Cards

The Raising Readers Benchmark Cards are a set of fun and educational early literacy cards that help you track your child’s progress while engaging them with classic nursery rhymes.

There are two sets of Raising Readers Benchmark Cards. The first set is for children 0-18 months and the second set is for children 2-5 years. If you participated in Baby Reads you already have set 1!

Fill out the form below to request your next set of Raising Readers Benchmark Cards!

Raising Readers Benchmark Card Request

    Which set of cards do you need? Raising Readers Benchmark Cards Set 1 is for ages 0-18 months. Raising Readers Benchmark Cards Set 2 is for ages 2-5 years.