New Haven Police Opens Little Free Library

A Little Free Library has been set up at the Newhallville Substation of the New Haven Police Department as part of “Community Wellness” efforts organized by police Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabur.

Sgt. Abdussabur and New Haven resident Jane Lewis spearheaded setting up the Little Free Library in Newhallville, which opened on Nov. 12 at 596 Winchester Ave. Read to Grow supplied some of the books offered to the public at the always-open library. The library is a permanent box containing books for all ages and is attached to the outside of the substation.

No library card is needed, and members of the community take ownership. The library mantra—“take a book, share a book, add a book, and return a book—is similar to a program started in Rowan County, North Carolina and is designed to break down prejudices and build trust and good will between police officers and the community.


Books For Every Baby Campaign Launches

All Connecticut children should have ample opportunities for literacy, and the Books for Every Baby campaign, launched by Read to Grow on June 30, aims to achieve this goal. (See photos in our Photo Gallery, by clicking “News and Events” on top menu of this page.)

Read to Grow distributes more than 180,000 free books to Connecticut babies and children each year, reaching more than 58% of newborns through a hospital-based program. The new Books for Every Baby campaign intends to make it 100%.

Dr. Loyal shows RTG book

At the launch, Dr. Jaspreet Loyal displays the baby book all mothers of newborns at Yale New Haven hospital receive from Read to Grow in a packet that includes literacy resources for parents. Dr. Loyal is medical director of the hospital’s Newborn Nursery. Also pictured in the background, from left to right: Adry Sotolongo, a Hamden mother who received the Read to Grow packet when her baby was born 5 months ago; Roxanne Coady, founder of Read to Grow; U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, 3rd-District; Marna Borgstrom, President & CEO of Yale New Haven Health; and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. Photo credit: Tricia Bohan Photography

At a press conference launching the campaign, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, spoke, along with Marna Borgstrom, President & CEO of Yale New Haven Health, and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. The press conference was held at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.