The Brighton District Library is working with the Department of Public Health and Pregnancy Help Clinic to bring a new early literacy program to parents of newborns in Livingston County.
The Sandy Schneidewind Books for Babies Project, focuses on the important role parents play in the development of their children. More than 550 Participants will be presented with a kit, containing a board book for baby, reading tips, early literacy information and an invitation for a tour of the Brighton District Library.
“By reading to their babies, parents’ help them develop language skills which put those children on a path to success in reading and learning,” notes Carla Sharp, Head of Youth Services at the Brighton District Library. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this program to new parents.”
Kits will be presented to participants in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Clinic for newborns, and the Nurses Welcome Newborns program. The Project also will be available to parents enrolled in the Pregnancy Help Clinic’s Earn While You Learn program, which provided mentoring in a series of parenting and life skills, including infant care, safety, bonding, nutrition and early literacy.
“ This project fits perfectly with the mission and goals of Earn While You Learn,” said Ann O’Reilly, Director of Community Outreach at the Pregnancy Help Clinic.
Sandy Schneidewind was a children’s librarian at the Brighton District Library for many years. The program honors Sandy’s love of children and the importance of reading to a child from birth.
Funding was made possible by Friends of the Brighton District Library, the Library’s Stroll Around Town fundraiser, VG’s Community Share program, Borek-Jennings Toys for Tots library endowment program, and private donations. If you would like to learn more about, or contribute to this project, call Carla Sharp at (810) 229-6571, ext. 209.