by: Submitted Photo, Sophomore class officers and a friend from Lake Oswego High School assembled bags on Oct. 30 for the Books for Babies program at the Lake Oswego Library. Pictured from left are Brian Greenberg, Maddie White, Spencer Griffin, Liz Glusman, Chase Bissett and Forrest Jackson.

Thanks to a grant from the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library and a service project from the sophomore class officers at Lake Oswego High School, the Books for Babies program is now available at the public library again.

This is a complimentary bag full of new children's books for newborn babies and an adult book on the importance of reading to children.

This program was started in the mid-1990s. The objective is to educate parents about the important role they play in the development of their children and literacy, while promoting the services of the Lake Oswego Public Library to young families.

The bags include four board picture books for babies and, for the parents, 'Read to Me, Raising Kids Who Love to Read,' by Bernice E. Cullinan.

'By reading aloud, one can give a child a head start in life,' says Cyndie Glazer, coordinator of volunteer services at the library. She added, 'We appreciated the sophomore class officers spending an afternoon assembling these gift bags for the newest and youngest residents of Lake Oswego.'

Parents can request Books for Babies bag at the checkout desk at the library. They will be required to fill out a form with their name, address, baby's name and birth date.

The Lake Oswego Library is located at 706 Fourth St.