Nearly three weeks ago, Lakeview 4-H Hooked on Crocheting Group of kids made 60 hats to act as gifts for the Lake County Libraries’ Early Literacy Baby Showers.
The Early Literacy Baby Showers is a program designed for babies who were born in the past year. Parents are encouraged to come to the events, which will be taking place in Lakeview, Christmas Valley, and Paisley on June 1, 8, and 15.
The purpose of the Baby Showers is to provide newborns with gifts that will better stimulate their minds and provide parents with information regarding the importance of literacy-ready children. By the time kids reach Kindergarten, they should be ready to learn.
According to Elizabeth LaShomb of the Lakeview Library, “Waiting and not teaching your kids to read could mean the difference between academic success and failure.”
The Early Literacy program aims to make academic success a reality, while also serving as a celebratory event to welcome newborns to the world. And while the 60 hats were a lovely donation by the 4-H group, more donations are required.
In addition to hats, Bev Hills, who has taken on the project and has the best interests of the newborns in mind, is asking for 60 booties or bibs and 60 blankets. Hills has been working tirelessly on marketing the program and crocheting of her own. Thus far, Hills has 4 made and donated.
“There is no lack of fiberartists and quilters in Lakview,” she said, “so it shouldn’t be a problem to make 56 blankets or booties.”
Hills received a beautiful cotton blanket courtesy Bonnie Chase of Warner Mountain Weavers in Cedarville, Calif. It is the first blanket donation received since taking this project on.