January 03, 2004
"We want new moms and dads to know there is no child too young to begin using the library," said Children's Librarian Charlotte Glover. The project, Born to Read, has been several years in the dreaming, planning and fundraising stages. The Friends of the Public Library together with the Ketchikan Educational Association conceived the idea of sending each newborn home from the hospital with their first book. Recently two other sponsors - Wal-Mart and the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce - signed on to help fund this effort.
Each infant born in the Ketchikan General Hospital New Beginnings Birthing Center in 2004 will receive a bag containing an infant-appropriate book, numerous informational items on literacy, tips on reading to the child, recommended reading lists, and a coupon for a free baby-sized Born to Read t-shirt to be redeemed at the child's first visit to the Children's Library.
"This is a win-win situation for all of us," said Kendall Sawa, RN, Unit manager of the Birthing Center. "We get to provide our new parents and babies with a lovely gift, and the family will be introduced to the ongoing support of the community library. Thanks to all the sponsors of Born to Read."
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