LCPS Celebrates Books for Babies

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) celebrated one of its most important and enduring partnerships – Books for Babies – on October 24th at the LCPS Administrative Offices in Ashburn.

“We’re touching lives where we never get to see the end results,” LCPS Director of Student Services Dr. Clark Bowers said of Books for Babies, which gives packets of new books to children born at Loudoun Inova Hospital. “Everything you read in research says when a kid learns to read and loves to read, they have a better chance in everything they choose to do to reach their potential…

“When we provide a book to babies and to parents, what we’re doing is building a relationship between the parent and the child and we’re helping that child develop curiosity. We’re helping that child figure out how to solve problems. We’re giving them a tool that they can learn to love…and use for the rest of their life.”

“Studies have shown that people who are read to early on are lifelong learners. This is really really important,” said Stacey Metcalfe, director, Western Region Government and Community Relations, Inova Loudoun Hospital. She noted that the Books for Babies partnership, which involves LCPS, Inova and Books-A-Million, provides books to families in both English and Spanish (twins get two packets). This partnership, which began in 2000, also provides babies with their first library card.

Cindy Anderjasich, of the Inova Loudoun Hospital Birthing Center, said these books are particularly appreciated by parents of premature babies, who can sit by their child’s bedside and read.

The highlight of the event were reading presentations by students from four LCPS elementary schools:

  • Students from Newton-Lee Elementary read original “small moments’ essays. The subjects they covered included performing at the Kennedy Center and riding the Tower of Terror amusement ride.
  • Students from Sugarland Elementary performed “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” complete with sound effects.
  • The efforts of Cushion the Porcupine to learn to dance were the subject of a readers’ theater by students from Mountain View Elementary School.
  • In honor of Unity Day, students from Leesburg Elementary performed “We’re All Wonders.”