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Providence partners with Anchorage Public Library to provide book, music and movie access

Easy library card registration gives parents in Newborn Intensive Care Unit ability to download and view electronic library


Anchorage, Alaska — The Children’s Hospital at Providence has partnered with the Anchorage Public Library to provide parents of babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit easy access to books, songs, movies and television programs in the library’s online database.


During a special event each month, parents are provided information on how to complete easy registration for a free library card or visitor card. Otherwise, people would need to go to the library to receive a library card. The next event is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.


This special partnership was conceived by Nathan Howes, adult services librarian for the Anchorage Public Library. After his twin daughters were born prematurely, he and his wife had to spend several months in the hospital. “My wife and I practically lived in the NICU,” said Howes. “After seeing how much time parents spend there, I knew that there was a way the Anchorage Public Library could help.”


The program currently is only available to parents with children in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, but there is hope to expand the opportunity to parents and children throughout the children’s hospital.


“It’s wonderful the Anchorage Public Library is providing this service to the parents of our babies in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit,” said Ginny Shaffer, parent navigator for the NICU, The Children’s Hospital at Providence. “Parents of babies in the NICU sometimes spend many hours in the hospital. Now during those moments when their baby is resting they can access books, music and movies to help pass the time.”


The Anchorage Public Library has thousands of books and songs that are available for free download, along with more than 600 movies and 140 television programs.


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