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Baby Book Donations Needed

rob webGRANTS PASS, Ore. — “Baby’s First Book,” a new program aimed at getting baby books into the hands of parents with newborns kicked off Monday, but donations are still needed.

The Asante Foundation has teamed up with Josephine Community Libraries to give parents a book with ideas of ways to read to their baby every day for the first year. The parents can also go to the Grants Pass library and receive a baby book to read to their child.

The executive director of Josephine Community Libraries said about 700 babies are born every year at Three Rivers Hospital and they want to give each one a book.

“”Having parents model reading with their children every night with colorful, beautiful books is exciting for babies and for toddlers. It’s part of reading for meaning,” said Josephine Community Libraries Kate Lasky.

The program is asking for donations of baby board books with thicker pages. The new or gently used books can be dropped off at the Grants Pass library.