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Read to Me, Charlotte

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Born Reader Program

In the Born Reader Program, nurses in the maternity departments at area hospitals distribute the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in English and in Spanish to their patients. Then, they encourage the parents and caregivers to read to their newborn babies. Inside the book is a brochure with library information, tips on reading to newborns, and a library application for a Born Reader library card. To find out more about this program and other family literacy programs at the public library, contact Library Outreach at 704-416-0552 or by email. If you are interested in hosting a book drive at the library contact Ursula Guidry. We thank our partners Carolinas HealthCare System and Presbyterian Hospital for their participation in this program.

Would you like a Born Reader card for your child? Born Reader library cards are available for children 0-5 years old. To learn more about how to apply, visit our “Get a Card” page.

Community Bookshelves Program

Read to Me, Charlotte has Community Bookshelves around Mecklenburg County. These shelves provide free books for families who are visiting various agencies. Listed below are the agencies that have Community Bookshelves.”

Sites hosting bookshelves:

bookshelf photo
  1. Department of Social Services
    Tot Lot and Waiting Room
    301 Billingsley Rd.
    Charlotte, NC 28211

  2. Soap Suds Coin Laundry
    8314 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
    Charlotte, NC 28226

  3. Stratford-Richardson YMCA
    1946 West Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28208

  4. Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital
    Speech Therapy Outpatient
    Waiting Room
    1100 Blythe Blvd.,
    Charlotte, NC 28203

  5. Women, Infants, and Children
    2845 Beatties Ford Rd.
    Charlotte, NC 28216

  6. CMC Pineville Emergency Room Waiting Area
    10628 Park Rd,
    Charlotte, NC

  7. Solomon House
    200 S. Main St.
    Huntersville, NC 28078
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