ECBC is currently implementing the programs below to bring books and reading to kids at CHOC Children’s Hospital.
- Bedside Reading Program: ECBC offers bedside reading in patient rooms by trained volunteers, via ECBC’s “Read-Aloud Wagons” with high-quality literature for all ages. Currently, bedside reading occurs once per week with oncology and neurology patients, with hopes to expand soon to more days and more floors .
- Mobile Book Cart Program. ECBC delivers and gifts books to CHOC patients in isolation via it’s “library on wheels”. The goal is to soon add a lending library cart as well.
- Super Book Give-Aways. ECBC hosts monthly Super Book Give-Aways in the lobby of CHOC alongside MaxLove Project’s BeSuper Party.
- Read+Think+Thrive Boxes. These are high-quality book boxes for kids newly diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Each box contains a mini-library of 10 new books and crafting supplies. Currently, boxes are being gifted to patients at CHOC Children’s, with some additional boxes going to kids around the U.S.
- BOO-KS for Treats. This is ECBC’s annual Halloween event, where CHOC patients of all ages trick-or-treat for new, high-quality Halloween-themed books.
- Outpatient Infusion Center deliveries. ECBC stocks the shelves at CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center (OPI) with approximately 100-120 books per month.
- Special Events. Occasionally, ECBC hosts special events for patients at CHOC that celebrate books and reading. For example, Ethan has hosted a radio show (“Look! Look! It’s a Book!”) at the hospital’s Seacrest Studios that involves read aloud on air and giving away new books to patients, and ECBC has participated in CHOC’s Inpatient Cancer Survivorship Day on the oncology floor.