borntoreadLooking for some great holiday gift ideas? Look no further than the “Books are Fun” Book Fair at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, a benefit for the non-profit Born to Read program.

The event will be held in the hospital’s cafeteria on Monday, November 11, from 7 am to 5 pm, and on Tuesday, November 12, from 7 am to 3 pm., and will feature more than 250 titles from leading publishers at savings of up to 30 to 70 percent of retail prices, as well as stationery, scrap booking supplies, music collections, gift items, and learning products. Children’s books and cookbooks, as well as New York Times Best Sellers will be available at the sale.

“This event is a tremendous benefit to our organization and to the mothers and babies at Beaufort Memorial Hospital,” says Chris Taggart, executive director of Born To Read Inc.

Books Are Fun hopes to raise more than $10,000 through the sale this year, 15 percent of which is donated back to Born To Read Inc. in the form of cash and books.

Born To Read Inc. is a unique local 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization promoting early literacy. Trained volunteers visit new parents in the birthing centers at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital with a gift bag containing two books for the baby, a bib, a shirt and other literacy items.

Volunteers advise the parents of the importance of daily reading and talking with their babies starting at birth. Parents may also sign up to receive a quarterly letter that gives them information about babies’ language development during the first 15 months of life.

Since the inception of the program Born to Read volunteers have made more than 21,000 visits to new parents in the local Beaufort County Birthing Centers. For more information visit