Monday, April 13, 2015

USA Libraries Book Drive In Progress

In celebration of National Library Week, the University of South Alabama Libraries are once again collecting books for children and teens to donate to USA Children's Medical Center, a pediatric outpatient clinic located in midtown Mobile. Books collected during the drive will be used to support the pediatric clinic's Reach Out and Read program to put books into the hands of young patients at well-child and sick visits.

Reach Out and Read is a national non-profit organization that encourages early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading.

“As a Reach Out and Read site, our office provides books to patients beginning at six months of age,” USA pediatrician Dr. Cindy Sheets said. “We also give advice to parents about the importance of reading and set out a variety of children’s books in our waiting rooms.”

New and gently used books for children or teens can be donated at the Marx Library, Baugh Biomedical Library, or UMC Health Information Resource Center on the 3rd floor of USA Medical Center from April 6-20, 2015. A drop-off box is also located in the Mastin Building, Room 709.

If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a pick up, contact Andrea Wright at (251) 461-1424.

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