The kids are back in school learning to read and write, but school-age children are not the only ones learning. Parents of newborns throughout Livingston County are helping their children get ready to read through materials from the Brighton District Library.  The Library’s Sandy Schneidewind Books for Babies Program promotes reading from birth and emphasizes the important role parents play in the development of literacy in their infant.

The program began in 2011 as a joint collaboration between the Brighton District Library, Livingston Department of Public Health Visiting Nurses and the Pregnancy Help Clinic of Brighton.

Today, more than 1,000 kits containing baby’s first board book, reading tips, early literacy information, and an invitation to tour the Brighton District Library have been handed out to participants in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Clinic for newborns, the Nurses Welcome Newborns program, and the Pregnancy Help Clinic’s Earn While You Learn program.

“By reading to their babies, parents help them develop language skills which put those children on a path to success in reading and learning,” said Carla Sharp, Head of Youth Services at the Library. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this program to new parents.”

The program was created in memory of Sandy Schneidewind. Sandy was a Brighton District Library children’s librarian, friend, and colleague who loved children and valued the importance of reading to a child from birth.

Funding for the Sandy Schneidewind Books for Babies Project is made possible by dollars from the Friends of the Brighton District Library. If you would like to learn more about or contribute to this program, call Carla Sharp at 810-229-6571, ext. 209.