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FHW and Friends of Tavares Library are Helping Babies

From L-R:
Millie Leon, Friends of the Tavares Library; Kathy Chastain, Florida Hospital Waterman; Tavares Mayor Lori Pfister; Director Gary Early, Tavares Public Library ; Georgia Skyers, director of critical care & women/children services, FHW; Amy Easley, FHW; Lynn Kirman, chief nursing Officer, FHW; Dayna Hirsch, FHW; Valerie Madden, Tavares Public Library; Stacy Lucas-Austin, FHW; Norma Emerson, Friends of the Tavares Library.

A new program was launched this week by Florida Hospital Waterman, who partnered with the Friends of the Tavares Public Library, to “give newborn babies the gift of a lifetime.”

It’s never too early to begin setting aside time for reading, writing, talking, singing and playing with your child. “The Welcome Baby” program is an early literacy program that begins with each new baby born at Florida Hospital Waterman receiving their very first cloth book. A special tote bag comes with the book that is big enough to carry books, diapers, and all the accouterments babies need.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Tavares Public Library and Friends of the Tavares Library to promote early literacy in our community,” says Lynn Kirman, vice president and chief nursing officer at the hospital. “As part of our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ this program fits perfectly into our vision of providing whole-person care, starting at birth.”

When mom and baby are ready to be out and about, they’re invited to the Tavares Public Library where baby will receive another new book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, and get information on all the library program designed for infants and toddlers that include songs, stories, learning, and making new friends.

This program is made possible through funding provided by Niagara Water Bottling Company.

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Leigh Neely

Leigh Neely began her writing career with a weekly newspaper in the Florida panhandle, where she not only did the writing but delivered the papers to the post office and dispensers. She has been writing ever since for a variety of newspapers and magazines from New Jersey to Leesburg. With her writing partner, Jan Powell, Leigh has published two novels as Neely Powell.

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