Breeding reading

January 1st, 2017

With 4,800 babies born here each year it’s not often that eight hours pass between deliveries, but the first baby born at JPS in 2017 did not arrive until 8:04 a.m. He’s a boy, Giovanni Eliazar Alvarado, the first child of Diana Castorena and Jose Alvarado of Fort Worth.

Giovanni, who weighed in at 6 pounds 2 ounces, also was the first beneficiary of Books for Tarrant County Babies, a new literacy partnership between JPS and the Fort Worth Public Library that will provide a book and library card for every baby born at JPS.

Mayor Betsy Price did the honors on Sunday, presenting Diana Castorena with the bilingual book “Read to Me,” by Judi Moreillon. The young family also received a basket of gifts selected by Labor and Delivery nurses, including a stunning quilt made by volunteers for the JPS Foundation’s Shower of Love collection.

Books for Tarrant County Babies is a joint initiative of the JPS Foundation and the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation. “The partnership with JPS Health Network is ideal,” said Gleniece Robinson, director of the library.

“More than 4,700 babies are born at Tarrant County’s public hospital every year, many of whom may not have books in their home,” Robinson said. “Studies have shown that children who do not have books in their home or are not exposed to 20,000 words a day before age three are less likely to be ready for kindergarten.”



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