Judith's Reading Room Returns to Good Shepherd to Benefit Patients with New Mobile Library Donation

Judith's Reading RoomOn Friday, September 14, Judith’s Reading Room, a nonprofit literacy organization based in Bethlehem, presented a custom library to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network for its recreation therapy room at the Allentown Rehabilitation Hospital.  The donation is comprised of 300 hand-chosen books and a mobile cart, with a total value of $7,562.

The recreation therapy room is available to more than 200 individuals daily, including patients in the Rehabilitation Hospital, long-term care residents, residents of the supportive independent living apartments on campus and all of their respective families. Good Shepherd recreation therapists will be available during regular working hours to help individuals find books and provide adaptive equipment for patients and residents to make their reading more independent and enjoyable.

“Because of the gift of literature, our patients’ rehabilitation process will be greatly enhanced. Reading has so many benefits that can complement a patient's journey through rehabilitation,” said Frank Hyland, vice president of Rehabilitation Services. “On behalf of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Judith's Reading Room for this generous donation.”

The Judith’s Reading Room mobile library cart includes a variety of books that accommodate the diverse patient population, ranging from 18 to 80 years of age. Patients and their families will be able to benefit from a mix of new fiction, nonfiction, and coffee table books that have been obtained through book publishers and from a generous donation by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Gerhard in honor of their daughter, Kristen. 

After establishing its first library at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital’s Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem in February 2010, the founders of Judith’s Reading Room are thrilled to continue their partnership with Good Shepherd. “Giving these special patients the gift of literature, which will help with their therapy, corresponds perfectly with our mission at Judith’s Reading Room,” said Scott Leiber, co-founder, Judith’s Reading Room. “We are grateful to have a wonderful partner in Good Shepherd.”

For more information, please visit www.judithsreadingroom.org.