Books for Babies is an outreach program of the Concord Public Library Foundation which provides every baby born at the Family Place at Concord Hospital with a free high-quality children’s book. The Foundation partners with the Healthy Beginnings Endowment to fund the program, which is administered by Foundation Board members and community volunteers.
The program was started during National Library Week in April 2002. Book titles over the years have included: Good Night Moon, The Runaway Bunny, Mud, Jamberry, Ox-cart Man, Wishes for You, Make Way for Ducklings and Goodnight Gorilla. To date, more than 17,000 books have been distributed. Parents also receive tips on how to foster an early love for books by reading out loud to their child and, as they grow, by visiting and borrowing books from the library.
The current Books for Babies selection is Wemberly Worried written by Kevin Henkes.
As part of its outreach, Books for Babies also sponsors two “book give-aways” for children at community events such as Concord Market Days and its annual “Warm Up with a Book” event during Midnight Merriment. A large inventory of free books are available and children select one to bring home. In addition, community volunteers are on hand to read out loud to children and families.