Library giving memberships to Barrie bundles of joy

The Baby library card initiative gives children from infancy to 36 months a membership

It’s never too early to start reading to your kids. And now Barrie’s newest residents will be armed with library card as soon as they leave the hospital.

The Royal Victoria Health Centre (RVH) Obstetrics Unit and the Barrie Public Library have teamed up to offer memberships to newborns. The Baby library card initiative gives children from infancy to 36 months their very own library card for the BPL system. The card offers parents access to board books, picture books and parenting materials with no library fines to slow them down.

Children’s Librarian Serena McGovern says “Countless studies have shown that early experiences and interactions are essential for a child’s brain development and that early literacy skills have a lifelong impact on educational, social and occupational success.”

The library offers so much more than books too! In addition to borrowing materials, the Library encourages parents to attend its free weekly children’s programs, including Baby Goose, Family Storytimes and Play, Learn Grow.

Barrie Babies will start receiving these cards after Family Day weekend.

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