Bear Holding A Book and Baby; QPL Baby Card Campaign Image

New Program Aims to Introduce Literacy and the Joy of Learning to Children Ages 0 to 5 
With Their Very Own Special Edition QPL Cards

Elmhurst, N.Y. (August 5, 2021) – NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst CEO Helen Arteaga-Landaverde and Queens Public Library President (QPL) and CEO Dennis M. Walcott today launched “QPL Baby Card,” a joint collaboration to deliver literacy and a love of learning as early on in a child’s life as possible.

At the event, CEO Arteaga-Landaverde and President Walcott presented three babies –and their parents –who were recently born at Elmhurst Hospital special edition QPL cards in their own names. In addition to the baby cards, created as part of the Library’s ongoing 125th anniversary celebration, QPL staff have created a website featuring literacy, health and parenting  programs, such as a “Baby Basics” workshop, and for children ages 0 to 5, such as Mother Goose storytimes and “Kick-Off to Kindergarten.” Applications for the baby cards, a sample card, a map of all QPL locations, and a QPL bib and bookmark will be included for a limited time in diaper bags the hospital gives to parents when newborns and their parents leave the hospital.

“The goal of ‘QPL Baby Card’ is to introduce literacy and a love of learning at birth, and to engage parents and their babies in this process,” said President Walcott. “The program also reinforces and deepens the Library’s relationship with Elmhurst Hospital — once the epicenter of the pandemic in New York City and now a symbol of hope and resilience. I am grateful to CEO Arteaga-Landaverde and her team for their ongoing collaboration with the Library, and supporting our mission to help people be successful in their lives.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is thrilled to collaborate with the Queens Public Library to give our new moms and their babies access to library cards and encourage early literacy,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst CEO Helen Arteaga-Landaverde, MPH. “Many of our patients are immigrants or first-generation Americans, so getting easy access to books and other educational materials will greatly benefit them and put their children firmly on the path to academic achievement and success. We greatly appreciate this partnership and look forward to continuing to work with QPL to provide programs for our community, in addition to the exceptional care provided to families at our hospital.”

Also on Thursday, the Library will start issuing the special edition cards to all children ages 0 to 5 after their parents or caregivers fill out a special application at any available Library location. The only information that is required to get a card are the child’s name and a New York State address.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst: Atiya Butler at or (917) 319-5167 or
Queens Public Library: Elisabeth de Bourbon at or (917) 499-0867


About NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is a major provider of hospital and ambulatory care services in the borough of Queens. The 545-bed hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, an Emergency Heart Care Station, and a 911-Receiving Hospital. It is a premiere health care organization for key specialties, including surgery, cardiology, women’s health, pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, urgent care, renal services, and mental health services. Last year, the hospital’s robust primary and specialty care practices handled nearly 700,000 ambulatory care visits and its emergency medicine teams responded to more than 130,000 emergency room encounters. 

About Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library is one of the largest and busiest public library systems in the United States, dedicated to serving the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in the country. For 125 years, QPL has offered free access to education, information and opportunity for all. An independent, non-profit institution, the Library has a collection of more than 5 million books and other materials in multiple languages, technology and digital resources, and more than 80,000 educational, cultural, and civic programs annually. QPL consists of 66 locations across the borough, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology center, and two teen centers, and attracted more than 11 million visitors in 2019 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Queens Public Library at