The Mayor’s Book Club was established in 2007 out of the Youth Center to not only help 3- and 4-year-olds develop a love for reading and learning at an early age, but to create a level playing field for all of our youngest learners. The “achievement gap” in Longmont, or the disparity in key academic scores, falls along socioeconomic and ethnic lines. Our program is open to all 3- and 4-year-olds in Longmont, but in an effort to close the achievement gap before kindergarten, we make a special effort to recruit families who are lower income and newer immigrants.
Our program is bilingual, English and Spanish. Studies tell us that when children are literate in their primary language, then literacy in a second language is far easier to achieve. Bilingual family reading programs can increase the literacy of ALL family members. We also know that having books in the home is as important to academic success as the education level of a child’s parent. As we see our community’s foreign born population growing, it only makes sense to ensure that this program is accessible to all of our families.
Once a child joins the Mayor’s Book Club, he or she will receive a free book each month in the mail until they turn 5. The Mayor and a Spanish speaking community leader read the books we send on Longmont’s local access channel, Channel 8 - tune in every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. at 8 am and Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am.
Watch the reading's with the Mayor and all of the wonderful kids on Longmont's local access channel, Channel 8, here: Mayor's Book Club
Please Note: This program is only available to families in the St. Vrain Valley School District area.
Mayor's Book Club Registration Form
Download the Application:
- Mayor's Book Club form in combined English and Spanish (PDF)
Mayor's Book Club Sponsors:
The Youth Center Mayor's Book Club depends on grants, donations and sponsorships to pay for the books we send every month. If you enjoy the book club, please take a moment to find out more about our valuable sponsors and thank them for their support:
- City of Longmont's City Manager's Office and City Council, which sponsors a book on Civic Engagement each January, www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council
- Clark/Lanyon Fund, administered by Guaranty Bank in Longmont, www.guarantybankco.com
- Longmont Power & Communication, which sponsors a book each May for National Electric Safety Month, www.ci.longmont.co.us/lpc
- Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, www.buellfoundation.org