Beebe Healthcare teams up with Lewes Public Library to promote early childhood literacy
LEWES, Del. – Beebe Healthcare and Lewes Public Library are teaming up to promote early childhood literacy. The babies will get one book a month until they turn five years old.
All babies born at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes are being registered for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Parents of the babies will get their first book before they are discharged from the hospital. “It’s a natural fit for libraries to support something like the Imagination Library. To have the help of the healthcare in support this is huge, because pediatricians and library are on the same page on this,” said Lewes Public Library Children’s Librarian Jennifer Noonan.
Noonan says getting books in the hands of children as soon as possible can make a world of difference. “It really makes a difference that children not only receive books, but the earlier that they can receive them, the better. The more words that babies hear, the more they’re able to develop their language. Getting books into their hands is really important,” said Noonan.
Noonan also tells 47ABC she hopes to see the program expand even more one day. She says she hopes that more hospitals will join in, and eventually all children born in the state of Delaware will be registered for the Imagination Library.