Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Books for Babies, Inc., located in Huntington, New York is pleased to announce its first annual “Book Raiser” event at Lucky to Live Here Realty on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6 - 8pm. The theme is A Night of Pampering, Beauty and Wellness.  Guests will enjoy complimentary wine and food while enjoying mini makeovers, medi-spa offering hydro-facial and skincare consulting, skincare and healthcare products, the latest fashions, jewelry and accessories, as well as raffles and a silent auction with a chance to win a weekend getaway at a five star resort in Charleston, South Carolina.

Books for Babies is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that seeks to promote literacy and a love for learning for babies ages birth through four years old by donating new or gently used books to underprivileged families. The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of literacy in babies and toddlers, the impact reading will have on them for the rest of their lives and what we can all do to make a difference.

At Books For Babies, we believe that the development of literacy skills is at the very heart of empowering babies and toddlers to thrive in school and in life. Books for Babies has drop off locations throughout Long Island, Queens and Long Island City. People can donate new or gently used books at any of the locations. Books for Babies packages them in colorful, red totes and delivers them to families in need in the local community.

The event is free and open to the public with the donation of a book. Share the Facebook event with friends to spread the word!


Background:

Books for Babies, Inc. was founded by two high school friends, Nicholas Donatelli and Catarina Chelius who wanted to share their love for reading while making a difference in their local community. Since its inception in June 2018,

they have secured over 12 drop off locations and now have sites in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island City. They have been featured in Newsday’s Way to Go section and are teaming up with national corporations and sponsors to promote literacy in babies and inspire lifelong readers and learners - one book at a time.

 Literacy Facts:

- Every year there are four million babies born in the United States. 15 million of those babies (21%) will be born into families with incomes below the poverty threshold

- 14 percent of people in the United States are illiterate

- 63% of people in prison are illiterate

- 93% of adults in the United States read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society

- A child’s early vocabulary skills are linked to their economic background

- Reading to babies builds listening, memory, motivation, curiosity and focus

- Introduces surreal fantasies while developing a sense of imagination

- The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age five. By age three, 85% of the brain structures are formed.

- Reading to babies encourages speech and language development

- Babies exposed to reading will perform better in school