Every baby born in St. Louis County will now receive an SLCL library card thanks to the Born to Read program. SLCL is partnering with 17 area hospitals and clinics to provide library goodie bags to new parents. Each bag contains a book, a bath toy, information about infant development and a library card. Parents also receive an invitation to celebrate their child's first birthday at the library where they will receive another free book. Born to Read expects to reach over 15,000 families in 2016. Support for the program comes from the St. Louis County Library Foundation.
Participating hospitals include: St. Anthony's Medical Center, SSM DePaul Health Center, St. Clare Health Center, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Luke's and Mercy clinics.