First Book

Transforming the Lives of Children

First Book in our region

Since 1995, WQPT has provided more than 200,000 free books to children whose families cannot afford them through the support of the First Book Program, a national initiative. WQPT works with selected schools and literacy programs to distribute these books to children who are from low literate, low income, English as second language, rural or special needs families.

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How You Can Make a Difference

It costs approximately $25.00 to support one student for a year in the First Book Club. Supporters of the First Book Club can sponsor a student, classroom or school. The impact you make is simply immeasurable.

You can support a student or an entire classroom. Make an contribution today, simply indicate the amount and indicate that the funds are to be utilized for the First Book program. To learn more, call us today at 309/764-2400 or use our online contact form.

How can your classroom or school participate in the program?
WQPT invites you to contact our Educational Outreach Director at 309/764-2400 to learn more.


About First Book

First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources nationally (and in Canada) to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.

First Book puts books in the hands
of children who need them most

Forty-two percent of children in the United States—more than 30 million—live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are woefully under-resourced. Approximately two-thirds of these schools and programs cannot afford to buy books at retail prices.

First Book has pioneered ground breaking channels to provide new books and educational resources at deeply reduced prices—and for free—to schools and programs serving children in need. Nationally, First Book provides teachers and program administrators with greater purchasing power and access to high-quality books that otherwise would not be available to them. Through First Book, educators can create enriched learning experiences for their students, and the children can enjoy an ongoing supply of wonderful new books.

First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis. First Book is uniquely positioned to become a leader in providing digital resources so that children in need don't miss out. No matter how formats and technologies change, children from low-income families will still need access to rich and varied content.


Regional First Book Sponsors

We extend our appreciation these regional organizations and companies
who are helping students develop and foster a love of reading. Thank you!

East Moline Foundation
Hubbell-Waterman Foundation
Junior Board of Rock Island
Mumford Family Foundation
The Planning Center
Rhythm City Casino
Rock Island Community Foundation
Rock Island Rotary Club Literacy Fun
Teens for Tomorrow

And the Bi-State Literacy Council