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Lee Health Hospital Book Program

10:21 AM, Aug 28, 2018

Garrett Gablehouse is the the hospital school teacher at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida . He has a pretty hefty job. While helping run a classroom and check on students, Garrett also delivers books to the hospital’s pediatric patients . But, they’re not any books. These books are being donated by the Sanibel Public Library Foundation .

Students in the library’s program, Sanibel Public Library’s Reading for Others, read books and score them . Those books are then donated to the hospital.
Garrett says that the books help give kids a break from boredom.
“Sometimes they don’t want to watch TV. And without books they are just looking at three walls in their room.”
The books give the patient a sense of normalcy. For patients bound to the hospital for weeks, or even months at a time, books offer a pleasant distraction.
The program has been going well. It started in 2011, and in 2017 alone. Garrett was able to bring over 1800 books to the hospital.
Book donations need to be new, or close to new, because paper is porous and the children are susceptible potential germs on the book pages . The same is also applied vice versa. Well-worn books are discarded .

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