December 21, 2018
The County Library Honors Doctor Carrie Byington for her Commitment to Early Literacy
Jeff Buydos -
SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah—The County Library has unveiled a plaque dedicated to Dr. Carrie Byington, a physician and advocate of literacy who cofounded the University of Utah's South Main Clinic and its reading room.
The installation of the plaque in the County Library's reading room honors Dr. Byington's commitment to the well-being and literacy of children in Salt Lake County and elsewhere, and celebrates two decades of collaborative early learning.
"Dr. Byington recognized the importance of early literacy and encouraged families to read to their children at the youngest ages," said Dr. Audrey Stevenson, Salt Lake County Health Department director of family health. "To encourage reading, each family received a book to keep. In addition, she arranged for volunteers to provide a reading time in the clinic several times per week."
"She has devoted her career to caring for children and fostering their well-being–physically, emotionally and mentally. Her commitment to early literacy, and her foresight in creating the Byington Reading Room is just one example of the passion she brings to her profession," said Ed Clark, MD, emeritus chair of pediatrics and long-term colleague. "All of us at University of Utah Health are proud to be able to honor her for the legacy of kindness and caring she continues to share with our community."
Byington opened a library at the South Main Clinic inside the South Main Public Health Center, located at 3690 Main St, South Salt Lake, to address literacy issues. Salt Lake County Library assumed operations in 2008, naming it the Byington Reading Room in her honor. The County Library still operates the reading room, which allows children visiting the Public Health Center or clinic to take home any book of their choosing. Books are offered in several languages, including Spanish, Chinese and more.
"This partnership provided library services in a clinic setting. Although the library was for everyone who attended the clinic, the emphasis was on encouraging literacy," said Stevenson.
About South Main Clinic
The South Main Clinic offers primary care services to women, men and children during all stages of life. South Main also has an obstetrics/gynecology clinic and a Teen Mother and Child Program to help promote health during pregnancy. For our multicultural population, translators are available at all times. The South Main branch of the County Library offers books and services to Health Center patients and their families to increase literacy and provide an enhanced health care experience.
About Salt Lake County Public Health Department
We work to protect and improve the well-being of all county residents by preventing disease, illness, and injury and by impacting social, economic, and environmental factors fundamental to excellent health. Every day, we immunize children, inspect restaurants, keep tobacco out of the hands of minors, encourage physical activity, teach proper nutrition, protect our water and air, provide culturally appropriate services to a multitude of disparate populations, and collaborate with our community partners to ensure that public health works for residents of all cities and unincorporated areas in Salt Lake County.
About Salt Lake County Library Services
Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.
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