Brampton Library and Brampton Civic Hospital will be partnering up for a way to spread the joy of reading to younger hospital patients. The initiative, titled A Reader is Born, will give a book to every hospital newborn as well as a Brampton Library membership.
“Through A Reader is Born, we are inspiring deeper connections to literacy and are supporting parents with new babies right from the start,” says Rebecca Raven, CEO of Brampton Library. “With branches full of thousands of wonderful books to borrow, helpful staff, special programs for the very young and engaging storytimes for the whole family, we are excited about the learning opportunities that exist for everyone.”
Brampton Library’s mission is to help children develop in a healthy way in the community. A part of this development is early literacy and language development for children under the age of five. One way for parents to introduce their children to language is to read with them early and often.
With one of the largest Labour and Delivery Programs in Ontario, Brampton Civic Hospital was able to deliver 5,066 babies last year. Through the initiative, both organizations can help children build on developing a love for reading and to help them succeed in school and life.
“We are delighted to participate in this initiative which fosters a love for literacy with our littlest patients. Reading presents a wonderful way for parents to bond with their new baby and introducing reading at an early age is recommended,” says Karen Carr, Clinical Services Manager of Labour & Deliver & Post-Partum at Brampton Civic Hospital.
“The program has been well received by parents who always express appreciation for the book and library membership.”
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