The Brown County Public Library provides many free services to children and families. The children’s area of the library is full of books, toys, games, puzzles, tablets, computers, and more for kids to play with anytime. Many reading programs that include young children can be found on the Library’s website.
Babies, the library’s youngest patrons, can receive a “Welcome Baby Bag” that includes a book, cd, finger puppet, and other materials to promote early literacy.
Pre-Kindergarten children can join the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, designed to promote reading aloud, early literacy, and fostering a love of lifelong reading and learning.
There is a Cordry-Sweetwater Branch Library at 8752 Nineveh Road.
By appointment public health nurses offer immunizations, flue shots, health tests and screenings, blood pressure checks lice checks and medication pregnancy tests, TB tests and screens for cholesterol, diabetes and anemia. Some charges may apply; insurance is accepted but not required.
The Brown County Literacy Coalition collaborates with community partners to tutor children, distribute books, and provide a bridge to reading fluency and comprehension. The tutoring program supports children in grades 1-12 via partnerships with the Brown county Schools, local tutors, Indiana University, and the Indiana Kids program.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends a free book each month to the home of participating children, aged birth to five. Signup sheets are available at many locations in Brown County and at the Literacy Coalition office. Other available free materials include a children’s music CD and a video for parents regarding the importance of reading to children.