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Every newborn at Brampton Civic Hospital receives a book and voucher for a free Brampton Library card. (Credit: Herman Custodio)

Brampton Library and Brampton Civic Hospital Partner to Spread the Joy of Reading

April 5, 2019

The Brampton Library, in partnership with the William Osler Health System’s (Osler) Brampton Civic Hospital, this week announced the launch of a new program to spread the joy of reading. Through the A Reader is Born initiative, every newborn at the hospital receives a book and a complimentary library membership from Brampton Library.

Brampton Civic Hospital and Brampton Library share early literacy right from birth. (Credit: Herman Custodio)

Brampton Library and Brampton Civic Hospital Partner to Spread the Joy of Reading

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 (Brampton, ON)—Brampton Library and William Osler Health System’s (Osler) Brampton Civic Hospital have teamed up to spread the joy of reading to the hospital’s youngest patients. Through a new initiative, called A Reader is Born, every newborn at the hospital receives a book and a complimentary library membership from Brampton Library.

“Early literacy begins at birth and is fun for the entire family,” said Rebecca Raven, CEO, Brampton Library. “Through A Reader is Born, we are inspiring deeper connections to literacy and are supporting parents with new babies right from the start. 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 is committed to supporting the healthy development of children in our community. Vital to this development is early literacy and language development for children under the age of five. One of the best ways to introduce children to language is for parents to read with their child early and often.

Brampton Civic Hospital has one of the largest Labour and Delivery Programs in Ontario. Last year alone, 5,066 babies were delivered at the hospital. This initiative underscores the organizations’ shared understanding that building the love of reading and lifelong learning sets the tone for success 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,” said Karen Carr, Clinical Services Manager – Labour & Deliver & Post-Partum, Brampton Civic Hospital. “The program has been well received by parents who always express appreciation for the book and library membership.”

(Via Brampton Library)

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