Books for Babies


When babies are born at Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Iota Zeta Chapter presents their parents with a book “Goodnight Moon” or "Buenas Noches Luna." They are also given information about the importance of reading to children at an early age and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides a free book each month to children ages 0-5 years. Educational research has shown that children who are read to on a continuing basis, beginning at the earliest age, learn to love reading and become good readers themselves.

Since the inception of the project in 2000, and as of August 2017, Iota Zeta has delivered 1977 books to the hospital. Each book is enclosed in a plastic bag with the reading research information and a note of congratulations to the parents on the birth of their child.

This ongoing project has been funded by the members of Iota Zeta; grants from Delta Kappa Gamma International, Chi State; Rotary International; and various fundraising events. For the last five years we have held a Valentine Tea on the weekend closest to Valentine's Day as our Books for Babies fundraiser with matching funds from Thrivent Community Outreach, a part of Lutheran Financial.