Program gives children free books
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new program at Albany Medical Center will provide children with free books.
The hospital is teaming up with the Junior League of Albany and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in an effort to improve early childhood literacy. The program provides young patients with a new book every month until they turn five.
High school teacher Amanda Knaggs, who has two young children, became the first local mom to sign up for the program.
“Children are so entertained by books and I think it's nice for them to have them available here for the parents, especially when you might not have a chance to pack a bag to get to the hospital or something and to have this right here for them, for the children and the parents is wonderful,” Knaggs said.
Organizers estimate more than 2,000 pediatric patients could benefit from this program.
For more information on how to enroll, visit www.juniorleaguealbany.org.