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First Book

Transforming the lives of children in need by providing access to quality books.

Mother and son looking at a book

Providing free books to children whose families cannot afford them or might otherwise not have access to.

Since 1995, WQPT PBS First Book initiative has distributed more than 400,000 books. The goal of First Book is to provide equal access to quality education for kids in need. WQPT PBS works with schools and literacy programs throughout the region to distribute these books to children who are from low literate, low income, English as second language, rural and/or families with special needs.

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.

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Would your students benefit from First Book?

To learn more, call 309/764-2400 or contact us online.

“I wish you could have seen the size of their eyes when I brought the box in and explained that they were books for them!


"They were off the charts excited the rest of the entire day! It’s incredibly generous of WQPT PBS and its sponsors to support literacy for young children."


"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"