New program at Bellevue Hospital gifts new books to new parents

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Ellis Medicine is teaming up with the Schenectady County Public Library to launch a new program, giving books to newborn families at Bellevue.

The goal is to get more children to read by starting with their parents.

Bellevue Women’s Center will give new parents with a book to read to their child from day one.

“The nurse gives the book to the new mom and the new dad, and she has three talking points – how important it is to read to your baby, limit screen time and go to the library,” said Anne Skrebutenas, with Schenectady Public Library.

Each book will be bilingual and have information for parents on how to connect with the public library.