Reading your baby from birth is important, so more than 10,000 books will be delivered to moms at Parkland Hospital as part of the "Books for Dallas Babies" initiative.
Moms who give birth at Parkland Hospital will be receiving the book "Read to Me" for free thanks to the Books for Dallas Babies initiative that they jointly launched by the Dallas Public Library, Friends of the Dallas Public Library and Parkland Health System and Hospital the first literacy initiative that began on January 1, 2016.
To encourage moms to read their children from birth, they will be given a version of the book "Read to Me," written by Dr. Judi Moreillon, an adjunct professor at Texas Woman's University School of Bibliothemology and Information Sciences, all mothers who give birth at Parklan Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The book "Read to Me" is written in English and Spanish, and English and Vietnamese.
Parkland's partnership is ideal, Dallas Public Library director Jo Giudice said, because more than 10,000 babies are born each year at the Dallas County Public Hospital, and many of them come from low-income families. "Studies show that children born in low-income households are not as kindergarten-ready as children born in higher-income households," Giudice said. "We hope to change this in Dallas through this initiative."
Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the nonprofit organization that raises funds for materials and facility improvements to the city's twenty-nine libraries, promoted the project with Dallas Public Library and Trish Holland, author of books for children residing in Dallas.
Motivated by their shared passion for encouraging reading from an early age, Park and Holland were able to cement the financial support of The Boone Family Foundation s foundations and The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation to make Books for Dallas Babies a Reality.
For Parkland, Books for Dallas Babies represents another important community partnership that can benefit the patients it serves. "Giving an adorable book to a new mom with a new baby is giving her a lifelong gift, because literacy offers her the chance of a better life," said Donna Persaud, MD, Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Med Division Parkland Community.
Friends of the Dallas Public Library will launch a second fundraising campaign in 2016 to continue the project in 2017 and the future. For more information, visit www.fodpl.org