Children who are read to are more likely to become good readers and learners as they grow older, according to the director of Inova Loudoun Hospital.
This has led to the creation of the Books for Babies program which provides new parents with about 3,000 English and Spanish books each year since 2000.
“I review with everybody how we get the books from Loudoun County Public Schools, how our project table of volunteers at the hospital packages them all up,” said Stacey Metcalfe of Inova. “And how it gets to our birthing inn and natural birth center and how it gets distributed to our new families.”
At the event, students read to parents and friends from their favorite books and personal writings.
Speakers from Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Libraries and Books-A-Million shared why they are involved in the program and the impact it has on their community.
“There is adventure, there is intrigue, there is history,” said Metcalfe. “These students kind of get to understand that reading is kind of above and beyond watching TV or playing video games because, again, it uses your imagination.”