Every baby born in St. Louis County will now receive a St. Louis County Library card, courtesy of the Born to Read program.
Born to Read provides new parents at area hospitals with a bag containing a book, a toy, information about infant development and a library card. Parents also receive an invitation to celebrate their child’s first birthday at the library where they will receive another free book. Support from the Cardinals Care, Aetna and Great Southern Bank has allowed SLCL to expand the program to include 17 area hospitals and clinics.
Participating hospitals include: St. Anthony’s Medical Center, SSM DePaul Health Center, St. Clare Health Center, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, St. Luke’s and Mercy clinics.
Children who are exposed to language and reading at an early age have a better chance of succeeding in school and beyond. Born to Read gives children a head start on developing crucial literacy skills, while introducing parents to the wealth of resources available at their local library.
The Born to Read program was launched in 2015 with support from the St. Louis County Library Foundation. More than 15,000 families are expected to receive a Born to Read bag in 2016.
SLCL offers a variety of tools for parents to engage their young children in learning, including kindergarten readiness programs, story time, and Family Literacy Involvement Program kits. More info about early literacy resources at SLCL can be found at www.slcl.org/early-literacy.