I liked this May 21, 2012 article by Paul Fattig in the Mail Tribune (Southern Oregon’s News Source) that discusses the importance of early literacy. As noted in the article, “the Jackson County Library Foundation as part of its Baby’s First Book program, provides complimentary literary packets to mothers who deliver babies at local hospitals. The books are available in either English or Spanish. Each new mother receives a baby book, a parent’s reading guide, information on the importance of early childhood literacy and a summary of programs for babies and toddlers available in local Jackson County libraries. In addition to the library foundation, the program is sponsored by Providence Medford Medical Center and Mercedes-Benz of Medford. The packets will be distributed at both Providence and Rogue Valley Medical Center.”
See http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120521/NEWS/205210325 for more details.