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May 28, 2014

Mercy Hospital receives Books for Babies gift from Ada Public Library

Ada —

All babies born at Mercy Hospital Ada will get an early start on reading, thanks to a donation of Books for Babies kits from the Ada Public Library. 

Around 500 babies are born at Mercy Hospital Ada each year. Every baby born at Mercy will now receive the kit, featuring a guide for grown-ups, book for the baby, bib, bookmark, library card for the newborn and collateral material with reading tips. 

“Statistics show that reading to your baby is the single most important thing a parent can do to prepare a child for reading,” said Debbie Welchel, children’s librarian at the Ada Public Library. 

“We are so pleased to provide each family that has a child at Mercy with a jumpstart to literacy for their child with the Books for Babies kits.”

By the age of 2, children who are read to regularly display greater language comprehension, larger vocabularies and higher cognitive skills than their peers.

“It’s wonderful to have a community partner like the Ada Public Library that is investing in our youngest patients: our babies,” said Lezley Davidson, interim director of The Family Center at Mercy Hospital Ada. “We are excited to send the Books for Babies kits home with families when they leave with their newborns. Literacy is so important and we are proud to help start the literacy efforts at birth.”

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