Literacy Group Gives Books to Babies

April 22, 2014

Judah leans against his new Mother Goose book.

The Carthage Family Literacy Council changed directions this year and decided to promote reading  early on. Beginning in May every baby born at Mercy Hospital Carthage will receive a Mother Goose book and a bag of items to encourage parents to read to their young children. The bags contain promotional items including a bib embroidered with “Read to Me”.  Staff at the Literacy Council say that research shows reading aloud is the single most important thing parents can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.

In addition to the project for Mercy Hospital Carthage, the Literacy Council is coordinating with Parents As Teachers to provide a book for every four-year-old child in the city through the “OneBook4Carthage” program. The council also provides scholarships and a Salvation Army backpack program.

Babies born at Mercy Hospital Carthage receive a handmade blanket from a volunteer group as well as a crocheted hat, soap and lotion set and formula samples.

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