There are few things as important as instilling in children the importance of reading.
At times doing so can be tough. Many kids tend to look at reading as another form of homework, something that prevents them from watching TV, hanging out with friends or playing their favorite video games.
Most kids need a bit of a push, but once they experience the joy of reading it is an experience they want to continue. It is that initial push that can be the hardest. That is why innovative reading programs are so important.
For that reason we applaud the Imperial County Children and Families First Commission and its partner agencies — the Brawley Public Library and California State Library — for developing the Literacy and Mobile Book Service unit. LAMBS has an RV with a brightly painted exterior depicting desert creatures reading books under the sun. The LAMBS unit is designed to bring books and other bilingual services to children age 5 and under and their parents who might not otherwise be able to visit a library. On board are children's books, health, nutrition and parenting materials and computers with educational software.