April 19, 2010
Hospital partners with library to give babies the gift of reading
Glendale Heights – Adventist GlenOaks Hospital and Glenside Public Library are partnering to provide new mothers with a special gift for their babies – their first picture book.
Every new mother in the Special Additions Birth Center will receive a gift certificate redeemable for a new book and bib from the library. The program began April 15.
“It’s never too early to start kids reading,” said Vince Sovanski, community ambassador for the library. “Through early exposure with literature we hope to create lifelong readers.”
Even in infancy, a baby’s eyes can focus on simple black and white images, stimulating their brain. The library has selected books by renowned children’s author Tana Hoban to give to the new mothers and babies. Hoban’s books use black and white pictures to teach signs, symbols, animals, shapes, and numbers.
“Anytime you can cuddle up close with your baby is a wonderful way to bond,” said Yvonne Losey, director of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s Special Additions Birth Center. “When you read to your child, he or she hears you using many different sounds and emotions, which fosters social and emotional development.”
Mothers or any family member may come to the library at 25 East Fullerton Ave. in Glendale Heights to redeem the certificates. New parents who live in the library district may apply for a free library card, Sovanski added.
“We’re proud to partner with such an important community resource,” said Brinsley Lewis, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “We’re happy to help give babies a good first step toward a lifetime of reading.”