The Salt Lake City Library System and Holy Cross Hospital have joined efforts to encourage new moms to introduce their children early to books.

"Best Beginnings. . . Begin With Books" is an informational brochure produced by the city library system and given to each new mother at Holy Cross Hospital. The brochure is also available at local branch libraries, free of charge.The brouchure stresses the importance of reading to new babies and offers tips for helping children to love reading. Also included in the brochure are lists highlighting some of the best books available for infants, toddlers and preschoolers as well as parent resource books.

Parents will find a "baby's first library card" in each brochure and are encouraged to redeem it for a real library card at any city library.

The program is an outgrowth of the library's commitment to serve the preschool population. Holy Cross was chosen to participate because of its strong family-centered maternity program and the hospital's commitment to improving literacy.