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The Carthage Press
  • Literacy Council delivers books to hospital

  • All babies born in Carthage are given a variety of gifts – which now includes a beautiful “Mother Goose” book.
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  • All babies born in Carthage are given a variety of gifts – which now includes a beautiful “Mother Goose” book.
    Members of the Family Literacy Council were delighted to meet the first recipient of their initiative in giving all newborns a book. At just a day old, Judah Luna posed with his new book and proud mamma, Amanda Hawkins, in the Spradling Birthing Center at Mercy Hospital Carthage on Tuesday.
    “I thought it was awesome,” Amanda said of the new program, holding her newborn. “I love reading; I think it's great.”
    To promote reading, and in the long run help create a brighter future for Carthage generations, the council also has started a project in giving a book to every Carthage four-year-old. They call that initiative “One Book 4 Carthage,” and inside every book there is a nameplate for children to put their names with the message “Children become readers on the laps of their parents.”
    “It's true,” Amanda said in response to the message. “That's what my mom did for me. I can't wait to read this to him.”
    Judah will be welcomed home in Granby by his mother, father, Anthony Luna, and four-year-old sister, Calypso, who also loves to read.
    “We are very, very pleased,” said Pam Barlet, director of community relations at Mercy. “There is great information also given with these books just reinforcing how important reading is. It really is one of the keys to success, and to think, it all starts here.”
    Upcoming fundraisers for the Family Literacy Council include a softball tournament July 19-20, and a Mother's Day plant sale from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Grace Episcopal Church.

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