Northwest NEWS

May 24, 1999

Features

New children's library opens at Evergreen Hospital

sorting books

Northshore librarians on hand to help the new Half Pint Library included (left to right): Cheryl Lamey, East Ridge; Kathy Leland, Wellington; Judy Patreaude, Cottage Lake; Pat Loftin, Lockwood; Kathy Haugen, Bothell High School; Mary Ellen Green, Woodinville High School; and Paul Campbell, Woodmoor.
Staff photo by Marshall Haley.

by Deborah Stone, features writer

   Last week, local librarians lent their expertise to Evergreen Hospital Medical Center to help organize nearly 6,000 children's books that were donated to the hospital for its new Half Pint Library.

   Half Price Books, a longtime supporter of literacy programs, collected the new and used books for several months during community book drives throughout the Puget Sound area. Evergreen was one of seventeen organizations nationwide selected by Half Price Books to receive a Half Pint Library.

   "Going to the hospital can be scary, especially for younger children, but a good book will go a long way toward making children feel more comfortable during their hospital visit," said Kathy Doyle Thomas, vice president of Half Price Books. "We're excited about bringing a Half Pint Library to Evergreen and the opportunity to make books more accessible to children in the community."

   The donated books are available to all children and teens who are patients and visitors at the hospital. Special carts will bring books to children who are unable to visit the library, which is located in the Seahawks Pediatric Playroom (donated by members of the Seahawks offensive line last year).

   Librarians from Eastside schools volunteered their time to sort, catalog, and shelve the books prior to the library's opening. Kathy Leland, librarian for Wellington Elementary, organized the legion of librarians.

   "My involvement started last winter when I offered to do a book drive at Wellington. We took in five hundred books, and it was so much fun to see the kids willing to help other kids," she said. "I then offered to help with the books once they were collected and was able to get other librarians in Northshore to lend their assistance, too. The variety of books collected is wonderful, as it will interest a wide range of readers from little ones through teens."

   Librarians from East Ridge, Cottage Lake, Woodmoor, Frank Love, Shelton View, and Lockwood Elementary schools donated their special skills, along with librarians from Woodinville and Bothell high schools.

   Cheryl Lamey from East Ridge commented on how enjoyable it was to help out with this community service. "It was exciting to see all the good books they had collected and know that there was something for everyone," she said. "We organized the books according to different levels and color-coded them."

   The hospital expected to get a few hundred books from the book drives and was overwhelmed by the community's generous response.

   "On behalf of Evergreen, and all the children who will enjoy these wonderful books, I want to thank everyone for their support and contributions to our new library," said Andrew Fallet, chief executive officer of Evergreen Hospital Medical Center.