Mercy Iowa City and the North Liberty Community Library are proud to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 14, for the Locally Grown Lactation Room in the North Liberty Library. The ribbon cutting is at 10:00 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Library. Community members and staff are welcome to attend.
This colorful new lactation room made possible by Mercy Iowa City, Rohrbach Associates and McComas-Lacina Construction, is to help reduce barriers to breastfeeding mothers, allowing them to nurse their child or use a breast pump without having to leave the library. This private room is a quiet space that includes an electric outlet and a door that locks.
The lactation room will help the North Liberty Community Library serve families as part of its Womb Literacy initiative. The initiative encourages expecting families to develop daily reading habits before their babies are born so it’s easier to continue them after their children arrive. The Womb Literacy initiative includes Read to the Bump, which builds babies’ personal libraries before they are born; the annual Baby Fair, which provides expecting families access to resources in the community; and the Stork Story Time podcast, which gives new and expecting families access to experts when it is convenient for them.
This radiantly painted room was made possible by the artist Beppie Weiss who created a vibrant mural and donor wall at Mercy, elements of which are reproduced in the room. Weiss was born in Indiana, and after completing her studies she lived in Amsterdam where she worked as a commercial artist and art teacher. In 1987 she moved with her family to Iowa City where she continues to create her art, including several pieces in Mercy’s collection.
To find out more about the North Liberty Community Library initiatives visit www.northlibertylibrary.org and to find out more about Locally Grown donations visit www.mercyiowacity.org/MercyFoundation.