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Books for Babies needs help wrapping tomes for tots

January 22, 2006

Books for Babies is a collaborative effort between the Washington County Reading Council, Washington County Free Library and Washington County Hospital. The parents of every baby born at Washington County Hospital receive a book for their child and information on the importance of reading to their baby. To date, approximately 4,000 books have been provided to new parents. The hope is to improve literacy in Washington County.

Funding for the books comes from one fundraiser per year. Reading to Make Cents is held during Children's Book Week. This year the date is Nov. 13 to 20. Before this week, all elementary students are asked to take pledges for the number of books read during this week. To date, about $10,000 per year has been earned. All proceeds go to purchase books, wrapping materials or literature to place inside. Prizes are donated by area businesses and are awarded to students at both the school and county level.

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Join the council every other month to wrap books and have conversation with colleagues at the library.

Help with wrapping books at the Washington County Free Library B/C Meeting Room. The books will be given to parents of newborns. Dates and times for wrapping books are Wednesdays from 4:15 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 1, April 5, June 7 and August 2. Also plan on encouraging students to participate in Reading to Make Cents during the week of Nov. 13 to 20. For information, or to make comments, questions or suggestions, call Pam Michael at 301-791-5277; or e-mail pamartyj.@aol.com.

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