Greetings fellow librarians from the staff and volunteers of Lee Memorial Health System Libraries:
My name is Anne Campbell and I chair a children’s reading program “READING ADVENTURES WITH BARBARA’S FRIENDS” at Health Park Medical Center. This program is provided by the Health Park Medical Library and consists totally of volunteers. We go onto wards where children are in admittance and into individual rooms of these children; here we offer to read to the children, make it possible for parent(s) to get a break and in some cases when a child does not want to be read to, we just talk and visit with them if we are permitted. One thing we always do and that is, leave an age appropriate book with that child. We allow the child to choose a book and if there are any siblings, juvenile visitors, parents, etc., they may also choose a book; these books, once they are stamped, belong to the child and we do not take them back to be re-gifted due to health concerns. Any child who comes to Health Park and their parent(s) are invited to come to the library and choose a book to take home with them.
We have between 300 and 400 children’s books in our library and are continually getting additional books given to us thru donations, fundraisers and funds to purchase new books. And we need help. This is an invitation to anyone who can devote 3 or 4 hours each week to come volunteer with us. If you have any interest or know of anyone who would be interested, please have them contact me at 239-220-9990, email@example.com, or thru the Health Park Medical Library 239-343-6367.
You will need to become a volunteer through Volunteer Services and be assigned to the library as a volunteer for the reading program. You will then be trained by me or someone I designate, and given a special apron designed to be worn when engaging in the service. Both women and men are encouraged to volunteer.
Thank you; and if you simply want to know more about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me.
With sincerest appreciation,