"Baby's First Book" Donation
Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015

Members of Friends of the Library-Waikoloa Region delivered the first allotment of 500 “Baby’s First Book” to the Family Birthing Unit at North Hawaii Community Hospital on September 15.

“We hope to encourage parents to introduce books early in their baby’s life to maximize their development and encourage a lifetime love of reading,” said Ruth Bernstone, President of the Friends of the Library-Waikoloa Region. “We know there are homes in our community without books; this is part of a long-term effort to improve literacy.”

“The book, On the Day You Were Born, by Debra Frasier, is a board book, meaning each page is made of lightweight board, perfect for a small child to hold,” said Amalia Mueller, Vice President for Program and Activities with the Friends of the Library--Waikoloa Region, and a former educator. “It is so important to get kids reading at the earliest age possible.”

Almost 500 babies are born each year at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Friends of the Library-Waikoloa Region raised funds and received an anonymous matching grant to purchase the new books. “This is a wonderful contribution that will benefit so many and it’s a great example of a community organization partnering with North Hawaii Community Hospital to benefit our families,” said Ken Graham, President, North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Ruth Bernstone, President of Friends of the Library (second from right) presents the first delivery of books to Family Birthing Unit Nurses (L to R) Kathi Myers, Nicole Betts, and Amber McCarney.

Family Birthing Unit Nurses Kathi Myers, Amber McCarney and Nicole Betts reviewing the new book they will soon be providing to the family of each newborn.