Two hundred and thirty books have arrived at Brampton Civic Hospital through Brampton Library On-the-Go, a program that launched last year to make reading more accessible to Bramptonians.

Thanks to a partnership with the Rotary Club of Brampton, Brampton Library, and First Book Canada, all of the books will be shared with patients in Paediatric and Children’s Mental Health Services at Brampton Civic.

“We’re delighted to be involved in this partnership, and to see the joy on the children’s faces as they open the books that our librarians have selected and the Rotary Club has so graciously donated,” says Brampton Library CEO Rebecca Raven. “These are great gifts to enjoy for a long time to come.”

President of the Rotary Club of Brampton, David Clement added that “For almost a quarter of a century the Rotary Club of Brampton has been delighted to donate children’s books to Brampton Civic Hospitl. Our support of literacy internationally, and for children and youth locally, is a big part of our Club’s legacy and our almost 80 years of service to the community.”

The books were carefully and thoughtfully chosen by Brampton Library Staff for children of all ages to enjoy and without the Rotary Club of Brampton and First Book Canada, it would have been possible. As of 2009, First Book Canada has distributed more than 7 million books and educational resources to hundreds of children across Canada.

“Books are universally loved by children of all ages,” says Josie Condo-Parnis, Child Life Worker at William Osler Health Centre. “We are so pleased that the children we care for will have the choice to take one of these books home or leave them with us for others to enjoy.”