Chattahoochee Valley Imagination Library

Chattahoochee Valley Imagination Library

Chattahoochee Valley Imagination Library
Nonprofit: mails free books monthly
to children 0 to 5.

Muscogee County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy held it's kick off meeting February 6, 2012. Since then, we have changed our name to Ferst Readers of Muscogee County and we consistently mail free books to more than 3000 children in Muscogee County every month. The number of books in the home is the number one indicator of future school success. Donate $36 (or more!) today to provide a loca

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Do you know what makes Father's Day even better? Dinosaurs!

Bring your paleontology passion, a healthy dose of discovery, and maybe your dad! Supplies, dinosaurs, and fun are provided. Fathers are optional, but love for dinosaurs is mandatory. For more information call the Aflac Children's Department at 706-243-2813.


If you have ever paddled a canoe, napped in a hammock, savored a barbecue, smoked to***co or tracked a hurricane across Cuba, you have paid tribute to the Taíno, the Native people of the Caribbean islands along with parts of what is now Florida and Georgia.

They developed self-sufficient communities on the island of Hispaniola, in what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic; in Jamaica and eastern Cuba; in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. They cultivated yuca, sweet potatoes, maize, beans and other crops as their culture flourished, reaching its peak by the time of European contact.

The Taíno were inventive people who learned to strain cyanide from life-giving yuca, developed pepper gas for warfare, devised an extensive pharmacopeia from nature, built ocean going canoes large enough for more than 100 paddlers and played games with a ball made of rubber, which fascinated Europeans seeing the material for the first time. Although the Taíno never developed a written language, they made exquisite pottery, wove intricate belts from dyed cotton and carved enigmatic images from wood, stone, shell and bone. *

Today many Caribbean natives, especially on the island of Puerto Rico, are recognizing their native ancestry by reviving the Taino language, ceremonies, traditions, and native foods. Here is a simple and great activity to introduce your children to the original occupants of the Caribbean and the southern US.

*information obtained from


In Haiti, in the evenings, it is a tradition to participate in Tire Konte or storytelling. To start off, the storyteller will call, "Krik?" The listeners will respond, "Krak!" to indicate that they are ready to listen.

To learn more about this tradition you can go here:

Spend some time this summer telling stories in this summer in the evenings, and don't forget to say "Krik?" and have the listeners respond "Krak!" before you start!


In Jamaica children love to make toys out of recycled items. One of the favorites are Juice Box Trucks. These trucks are first attributed to the children of the Arnett Gardens Community.

The children would go down to the Sonic Sounds Record Manufacturing Company on Retirement Road for the vinyl record cut (i.e. the middle section of the vinyl record) to be used as wheels. Children would walk their community and look for many empty box juice containers to make the trucks. Some trucks were viewed as trailers due their length and the number of wheels that were used. The string that was attached to the truck, was pulled to move the truck from one place to another. *


Making your own fun toy to play with is a great hands on experience for children. While store bought toys are great, there is something special in creating your own toy to play with. And the memories of making them with a loving adult will last a lifetime.


This heartwarming book by Cori Doerrfeld is a touching story about the power of listening and empathy. It's a great read for all ages!

Photos from Chattahoochee Valley Imagination Library's post 08/06/2024

The Basics Community Baby Shower Happening now at First Presbyterian Church 1100 1st Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901. Come out and see us!


It's National Best Friends Day! Who is your Best Friend? Best Friends can be a pal, a pet, or even a stuffed animal! Give your bestie some time today!


During the Christmas Holidays in the Bahamas, people take to the streets to enjoy a massively popular street festival called Junkanoo that originates from the 18th century when slaves would celebrate being given three days off for Christmas. From colourful costumes to exuberant dance routines, participants spend months preparing for the pageantry of this street parade accompanied by the steady beat of whistles, cowbells, horns, and goatskin drums that starts in the wee hours after midnight. The largest Junkanoo celebration takes place on Bay Street, in downtown Nassau, but Bahamians across the 16 islands celebrate this joyful tradition.

Though the exact origin of the festival is unknown, there are plenty of theories. Many believe it was established by John Canoe, a legendary West African Prince, who outwitted the English and became a local hero. The most popular belief, however, is that it evolved from the days of slavery. Loyalists who migrated to The Bahamas in the late 18th Century brought their African slaves with them. The slaves were given three days off during the Christmas season, which they used to celebrate by singing and dancing in colourful masks, travelling from house to house, often on stilts. The uncertainty of its origin only proves that Bahamians don’t need a reason to throw a wonderful celebration. *

Here is a fun activity to introduce your kids to this fun celebration and learn a little about this beautiful tradition from the Bahamas!


Encourage your child to realize their most exciting dreams with this inspiring picture book written by award-winning aquanaut, Jill Heinerth, featuring colorful illustrations by Jaime Kim.


Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea. Cuba and its neighbours form the Greater Antilles, a chain of islands created millions of years ago when two of the Earth’s tectonic plates collided.

Cuba has many different habitats, from mountain forests to jungles and grasslands. There are even small deserts, too! These different ecosystems are home to unique plants and animals, some of which aren’t found anywhere else on Earth.

The mixture of native, African and European influences in Cuba gives this island a lively culture that is known worldwide! Cuba’s history is reflected in its food, language, art, and, most of all, its music. All year round, it seems as if bands are everywhere in Havana. The main musical form is called son, which combines lively rhythms with classical guitar. Unlike most countries in Latin America, Cuba’s favorite sport is not football – it’s actually baseball! Baseball came to Cuba from the United States in the 1860s. Many international baseball stars have come from Cuba, and the Cuban national team is one of the best in the world. *


June is Caribbean Heritage Month!

Did you now that the United States has islands in the Caribbean that you can visit without a US passport because they are US Territories and people born on those islands are US American Citizens?

See if you and your kids can figure out which islands are US American, which are British, which are French and which are independent sovereign countries! This would be a great scavenger hunt to do online with your kids or at your local library!

While you are at the library see if you can find some books about different Caribbean cultures to share with your kids, like ones in the picture below! Learning about diverse cultures fosters empathy and a sense of the world around children, which is important for adulthood success.

Follow us this month as we learn about some of the countries in Caribbean, do some learning activities about these islands, and find books from authors of these beautiful Caribbean islands! Happy Caribbean Heritage Month!


Gear up for the new school year with Easterseals West GA! 📚🖍
We have spots available for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year's FREE Pre-K Program! Here's the fine print:
- must live in the state of GA
- must be 4 years of age by September 1, 2024
This school-readiness program gives our kiddos the opportunity to learn and socialize together, and includes free meals, field trips, and lots of family engagement!
If you have questions, or want to get an enrollment packet, please contact our Children's Program Director Ms. Sheteta at [email protected], or give us a call at 706-660-1144. 🧡✨

Photos from South Columbus Public Library's post 29/05/2024

It's summertime and nothing cools kids down better than some water fun! Time to take out the water guns, head outside and play! But who says we can't slip some academic learning in there? Try this game out and keep those literacy skills and brains growing while they play!

Don't forget to enroll your under fives to get free books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library! Check out the Chattahoochee Valley Imagination Library webpage here :
and sign up your kids today!


In this timeless story by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski, Meg and Mog are off to a Halloween party with all of their friends. But, BANG! One of Meg's spells hasn't worked as planned! A fun read aloud for children of all ages.


A little crocodile explores a day at preschool in this colorful, noisy book by Eva Montanari. This story is filled with sounds and new experiences — some wonderful, some not — that are sure to delight children.


Why Early Childhood Literacy Is So Important

The first five years of life offer a critical window for learning, with rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. During the early years, children acquire the ability to think, speak, learn, and reason. Young children’s ability to use language and understand the meaning of spoken and written words is related to later achievement in reading, writing, and spelling.

If children miss the opportunity to acquire foundational language skills, they are set up for immediate struggles with literacy as soon as they arrive at school. Research shows that children who enter kindergarten with poor literacy skills start behind in school and tend to stay behind, leading to poor academic achievement, high dropout rates, and often a lifetime of struggle. (

"You can never get enough book into the hands of enough children. " - Dolly Parton

Help the Chattahoochee Valley Imagination Library get as many books as possible into the hands of as many young children as possible in our community so they can enter kindergarten ready to learn for life. Donate here:

or scan the QR code in the picture. Thank you for making a difference in a child's academic success.


Your little one needs to learn their letters or numbers? Let's play this game! All you need is something to write with and sticky notes! (Scrap paper and tape works just fine too!) Happy Learning!


Happy International Family Day!

Whatever your family looks like, whether its a large family or small, whether they are near or far, whether related by blood, love or friendship, spend some time with your family and friends today!


🚂All aboard for ADVENTURE!

We're giving away FOUR tickets to Sam Shortline Excursion Train's DAY OUT WITH THOMAS on Sunday, June 9 for the 11:00 am train excursion**. Boarding for Day Out With Thomas train rides are at: Georgia Veterans State Park, 2459 US 280 West, Cordele, GA 31015.

A random drawing for the tickets will be held on Tuesday, May 21 with the winner being notified by phone or email. If the tickets are not picked up by May 28 an alternate winner will be selected.
**This four pack of tickets are only valid for the 11:00 AM excursion on June 9.
Scan the QR code or click here to enter:


Let's celebrate Children's Book Week!
Find your favorite children's books and read them this week with your family.

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Our Story

Reading and literacy are extremely important to founder Robin Ferst on many levels. Robin’s passion for reading began at an early age. At six, she was diagnosed with hearing loss and books became the most important part of her world. Books gave her the confidence to overcome challenges and opened up a world of possibilities to become a successful businesswoman.

Listening to a plant executive discuss the difficulty in finding employees who could read at the required level for hiring in Madison, Georgia, Robin Ferst was inspired to start the non-profit Ferst Readers in 1999. Today, Ferst Readers is an organization that strengthens entire communities by ensuring every child, beginning from birth, has the opportunity to learn and grow in a home environment full of rich language experiences.

Ferst Readers’ mission is to strengthen communities by providing quality books and literacy resources for children and their families to use at home during the earliest stages of development. Ferst Readers currently delivers books to more than 42,000 children every month and has placed more than 5.4 million quality, age-specific books in homes since 1999. More than 700 volunteers across seven states are raising awareness about the importance of early literacy and helping prepare young children in their communities for reading and learning success. For more information, support or enrollment, visit

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