For Immediate Release
May 18, 2012
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BOSTON – May 18, 2012 – The Boston Public Library is working with the bWell Center, a new resource and support center at Boston Medical Center, to provide books, library cards, and health information to the hospital’s pediatric patients.
The “Check It Out” program loans patients and their families books in English and Spanish that may be returned to the bWell Center or to any Boston Public Library location. The books that are curated monthly by a librarian focus on topics that are most common and chronic within the BMC pediatric patient population. Boston Public Library staff visit the bWell Center each month to read with and offer library cards to patients.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the Boston Public Library to offer information to children and teens where and when they need it most. A youngster with an asthma diagnosis will find a book at his or her level that explains the condition when they go for appointments,” said Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator at the Boston Public Library.
This partnership with BMC is an extension of the library’s efforts to promote its services to all the city’s children in the library, online, and out in the community. Boston Public Library staff regularly visit schools, community centers, and other locations in order to reach young people who may not visit the library.
The bWell Center provides patients, parents, and guardians at BMC with free health education and support services. Staffed by volunteers, the bWell Center integrates programming and partnerships, like the one with the Boston Public Library, in order to create a dynamic and educational experience for patients.
“Check it Out provides our patients access to a variety of educational resources focused on nutrition, health, and wellness,” said Meg Wood, MPH, MSW, project manager in BMC’s department of pediatrics. “We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the Boston Public Library and look forward to expanding the program.”