Ellyn Ruhlmann from the Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library writes in American Libraries, “Libraries, Hospitals Join Forces to Promote Wellness.”
Waiting is never easy for a child. For a child in a hospital, though, it’s really a tough go. The looming surgery, the unfamiliar setting, even just the break in routine all pile on anxiety and make minutes seem like hours. Now many libraries are partnering with hospitals to help ease that anxiety as well as to hook these young captives on reading. The strategy sometimes offers a way to reach new patrons in literacy-challenged communities.