This year marks the 10th anniversary of Read to Me!, a provincewide infant reading program that has been encouraging life-long learning in the youngest Nova Scotians for 10 years. Since Read to Me! was introduced in 2002, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, more than 80,000 bags containing about 200,000 free books have been distributed. Within 24 hours after birth, representatives visit mother and baby in the hospital delivering a yellow bag containing a CD of music and rhymes, baby’s first library card, and a message that reading is important. “This program targets our littlest residents very early in their quest for life-long learning,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “The organizers and volunteer representatives are to be commended for positively impacting a baby’s cognitive and emotional development in his or her first few days.” “Read to Me! is a starting point in encouraging family reading, and has been invaluable in creating awareness of free services that public libraries offer to continue life-long learning,” said Cynthia Gatto, children’s resource manager, Halifax Public Libraries. This month several public libraries are celebrating the non-profit program’s 10th year by holding events. Additional information on the program and regional events are available on the readtome.ca website or at regional library locations.