Pratt Public Library and Pratt Regional Medical Center have teamed up to introduce the joys of reading to babies.
Newborns at Pratt Regional Medical Center are now receiving a “Curious George” book with their take-home gift packet, courtesy of Pratt Public Library.
Library Director Eric Killough met this week with PRMC Volunteer Director Susan Lynch to deliver a bundle of “Curious George” books for a “Books for Babies” program.
“We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of the library in providing the books,” Lynch said. “The books will be a great addition to the handcrafted items that are given to each of the babies born at PRMC.”
“It’s really a no-brainer that a book will help a baby off to a good start in life,” Killough said. “The library board and staff are happy that we are able to provide this gift to newborns and their families.”
Killough delivered the first batch of books this week and said more will be ordered as needed.
Killough credits his wife Tammy, who currently resides in Canada, with the planting idea for “Books for Babies.”
“She sent me an article from the Toronto paper about a program there where every newborn baby received a book,” Killough said, “and I instantly leapt into action.”
“Curious George” was selected the for the PRMC “Books for Babies” program because of its popularity and because there are several books in the series that will encourage families to visit the library for additional books to read to their toddler, Killough said.
“It’s a quality book,” Killough said.
As he approaches his six-month anniversary as library director, Killough said the library staff has helped him launch several new programs, including the Makers Zone, which is gaining in popularity with all age groups.
Killough said he is currently working with Tiffany Ailstock, who directs the Retired Senior Citizens Program, to expand senior programs and he is also working with Pratt Community College dorm staff to bring programs and activities to students on campus.
“The library’s a great place,” Killough said. “Come check us out.”