In 2019 the Friends took on a new challenge: to fund the Strathcona County Library’s Welcome Baby early literacy initiative on an annual basis. To do this, we need to raise about $6,000 each year to cover the cost of the 300-400 kits given out each year to new babies born to County residents. Each kit consists of a book bag, a board book, a rhyme booklet, and information on the benefits of the Library’s early literacy program.