The Foundation for Reading Begins at Birth

The Ready to Read Resource Center, a project of the Anchorage Public Library, is a statewide resource for families and those who work with infants and toddlers anywhere in Alaska.


The Center's mission is to promote early literacy development in Alaska's children (from birth to age three). To achieve this mission, the Center:

  • Loans free reading kits to parents/caregivers as well as to organizations that serve infants and toddlers (child care providers, libraries, health clinics, faith-based organizations, etc.)

  • Makes presentations to educate and advocate for early literacy

With over 250 reading kits containing nearly 6,000 items, the Ready to Read Resource Center hopes to engage all of Alaska's youngest children with high quality, age-appropriate books.


Ready to Read Resource Center BROCHURE

Ready to Read Resource Center FLYER


Comments About Reading Kits:

  • "I am very grateful for the wonderful service and the great materials available through the Ready to Read Resource Center that have helped start our children on an early road to reading success."

  • "... I can check out age appropriate books for my young granddaughter without having to spend a lot of time searching for books on a certain subject."

  • "We love these kits!"


This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to
the Alaska State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.