Introducing the Importance of Literacy at Birth
Books for Babies in Franklin County provides all newborn parents with a new book, book bag and parent educational material provided by Big Y Foods that gives food and nutrition tips for newborns. Over 500 babies are born each year at Franklin Medical Center- Baystate Health.
With a generous two-year grant from Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Link to Libraries launched the "Books for Babies" program for newborns at Franklin Medical Center. The program provides the hospital with a tote bag filled with a board book, information about Link to Libraries, parent educational materials from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, and a nutrition and healthy lifestyle pamphlet prepared by Big Y nutritionist, Carrie Taylor. All newborns receive the tote at the time of discharge from the hospital. Many thanks are in order to Baystate Franklin Medical Center President and Link to Libraries Celebrity Reader, Steven F. Bradley.
Margot Woodworth is the Books for Babies Project Director. She has been a volunteer with Link to Libraries for the past three years and is excited to be overseeing this program. She notes, "The totes offer an inviting package for new parents and their baby with a message and a mission - promoting early literacy for all newborns and their families."
Read more about Books for Babies here!