Leiber Family Foundation Makes Library Presentation to Good Shepherd's Pediatric Unit Patients and Staff2/5/2010
Liberty High School Bagpipers Present Favorite Childhood Books
Bethlehem, PA – The Leiber Family Foundation today presented a mobile library with 317 books to the staff and patients of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit , which serves patients from the Lehigh Valley region and beyond.
Books totaling more than $3,800 were donated to the Pediatric Unit, and each member of the Liberty High School Bagpipers presented his or her favorite childhood book to a patient or parent at the Pediatric Unit.
The books were purchased by the Leiber Family Foundation from gift cards received from a successful national book fair benefitting the foundation at Barnes & Noble stores in December. Additional books were donated by the Leiber family and their friends and by First Book, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit.
Scott and Cathy Leiber (pictured) of the Leiber Family Foundation selected the books to include childhood favorites, educational books, poetry, coffee table books and novels. Books in Spanish and on tape also were included. The Pediatric Unit’s young patients and their parents will access the books via a mobile library cart donated by the Leiber Family Foundation.
The custom-designed mobile book cart, valued at $300, is named “Judith’s Reading Room” for Scott Leiber’s first cousin, Judith F. Krug, the long-time director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. For more than 40 years, Krug fought censorship on behalf of the nation’s libraries.
The 16-bed Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit is located at 2855 Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem. The Pediatric Unit opened in July 2009 and provides compassionate and comprehensive rehabilitation for newborns to 18-year-olds who have an injury or illness, including neurologic, orthopedic, developmental and cardiopulmonary issues.