The Hillsboro Public Library recently donated 574 new English, Spanish and bilingual books to Washington County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for families to take home.

Hardbound and paperbound books feature popular characters such as “Dora the Explorer,” “Clifford, the Big Red Dog,” “Curious George,” “Thomas the Tank Engine” and many more.

“The children are so excited to have a book of their own for their parents to read to them,” said Tara Olson, senior public health dietitian with WIC. “We are promoting early reading and bonding among families with each book we hand out.”

Hillsboro Public Library’s reader services manager, Carol Reich, coordinates these donations with various local agencies.

“We distribute books to children outside the library walls, reaching out to families that may not come to the library on a regular basis and may not be able to provide books at home for their children,” said Reich. “We purchased 574 books from our library vendor for children birth to 5, with an emphasis on bilingual titles.”

Studies show the presence of books in the home is a key indicator of school success.

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