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Team First Book-Matagorda County

Who We Are

Our Mission: Giving children in need the opportunity to read and own their first new books.

First Book is a national 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with local impact that provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors effecting literacy – access to books. We provide an ongoing supply of new books to children participating in community-based mentoring, tutoring, and family literacy programs.

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What We Do

First Book-Matagorda County was founded in 2003. The sole mission is to provide new books to low income children residing in Matagorda County. We are a 100% volunteer organization, with no operating costs and no administrative expenses. During our 13 year history, First Book-Matagorda County has placed more than 80,000 books in the homes of economically disenfranchised children in Matagorda County. In addition to providing book to existing, proven literacy infusion programs (schools, libraries, after-school programs, etc.), we also provide books to children at a variety of community based events ranging from holiday gift giving, to parades, parent trainings, community read-alongs, and storytelling activities. In 2012, First Book-Matagorda initiated Books for Babies, a program designed to give new books and parenting-for-literacy information to every qualifying newborn in Matagorda County, partnering with Palacios Area Fund, WIC, MEHOP, Women’s Pregnancy Center and doctor’s clinics throughout the county. That program is now administered by Palacios Community Hub and children's books continue to be provided by First Book.  

Our Goal for 2017: Reaching Our Goal: Pre K-3 and Beyond

This year will complete the implementation of a 4 year initiative begun in 2014 and designed to  give every Matagorda County child Grades Pre-Kindergarten- 3 at least 2 brand new books to take home and build home libraries. Achieving our mission involves on-going support of our partner programs throughout the county and reaching out to children in programs and classrooms we are not yet serving.


This is actually a jigsaw puzzle of inter-related programs and like a puzzle makes sense only when all pieces are in place:


Reaching Our Goal: Pre K-3 and Beyond is comprised of the following:


•             Books for Early Readers (Prek-3 and Head Start)


•             Beyond Third Grade/School Wide Support


•             County Wide Library Support (Beat the Summer Slide)


•             After School Programs


•             Early Childhood/Family Literacy Programs


•             Community Giving Events



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Address Information
326 Main St
Palacios, TX 77465
Office Hours: Our advisory board meets quarterly at the Palacios Library. (March, June, Sept., Dec.)
Contact: Cynthia Garrett
Contact Title: Team Leader
Phone: 979-533-0808
Email: firstbookmatagorda@gmail.com

First Book meets quarterly at the Palacios Library located at 326 Main Street in Palacios.

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