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For Immediate Release:
June 29, 2016
Media Contact:
Lidia Amoretti
lidia.amoretti@jhsmiami.org
305-801-6556

BOOKLEGGERS MOBILE MINI-LIBRARIES SET TO LAUNCH AT HOLTZ CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center has partnered with Bookleggers Library, a non-profit community mobile library based in Miami, to launch a series of mobile mini-libraries for pediatric patients at the hospital, beginning with a special story-time celebration to kick off the partnership at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 29.

Volunteer readers will treat our pediatric patients to one-hour group story and sing-along time, complete with milk and cookies, in the Holtz Miami Heat lounge. In addition, several volunteers will also read to individual children who cannot leave their hospital rooms for medical reasons.

“We couldn’t be more proud of this project,” said Nathaniel Sandler, founding director of Bookleggers, “We think it serves a genuine need. Now families, friends and volunteers at Holtz can roll books directly to a young patient’s bedside.”

“We are very excited to start this program with Bookleggers,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO at Jackson Health System. “Through this partnership, we hope pediatric patients can take a break from their medical procedures, get lost in great stories, and encourage their love for reading.”

Bookleggers is a non-profit community mobile library funded by the Knight Foundation, and its initiative at Holtz Children’s was made possible through the generous support of the Jackson Health Foundation. The initiative also includes a plentiful supply of new books set aside exclusively for immuno-compromised patients who cannot share books or handle used ones.

“The Jackson Health Foundation is proud to be able to support the Bookleggers mini-libraries at Holtz,” said Keith Tribble, president and CEO of Jackson Health Foundation. “These mini-libraries will help create special moments for our small patients, and encourage them to continue developing their reading skills while they’re away from school.”

Pediatric patients have special needs that go beyond their clinical treatment, especially during long admissions. Innovative child life and palliative care programs help our youngest patients minimize disruption to their lives, maintain outside interests, and find “safe spaces and times” away from the physical and psychological toll associated with hospitalization.

Bookleggers has been setting up mobile libraries throughout Miami for the past four years – the mobile library at Holtz Children’s marks the group’s first partnership with a pediatric hospital. The non-profit sets up rotating venues every month and give away free books to the public. Everyone is allowed to take a book for free, and each additional book at a minimal cost. The organization also accepts book trades. For more information about Bookleggers, visit bookleggerslibrary.com.

Who:

Holtz Children’s patients; Nathaniel Sandler, Bookleggers founding director; Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System; Steve Stowe, executive director of Miami Heat Charitable Fund

What:

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center has partnered with Bookleggers Library, a non-profit community mobile library based in Miami, to launch a series of mobile mini-libraries for pediatric patients at the hospital

When: June 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Where:

Holtz Children’s Hospital, 5th Floor
1611 N.W. 12 Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can park outside of Ryder Trauma Center.  A PR representative will greet media outside of Holtz Children’s Hospital at 9:45 a.m.

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