'Greenville Baby' promotes local childhood literacy

A new book depicting Greenville scenes will help parents introduce youngsters to the fun of reading as they discover the community where they live.

"Greenville Baby" is the creation of the nonprofit Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children and PNC Financial Group's Grow Up Great initiative.

The board book is filled with illustrations of Greenville by Bart Browne including the Greenville Police Department and Greenville Fire/Rescue, the Town Common, ECU, Sheppard Memorial Library, and Stallings Little League Stadium at Elm Street Park. Tips and activities are included in the book.

"It is our hope that families will utilize ‘Greenville Baby’ to encourage children to explore the world around them while promoting reading, writing, and speech skills," states a press release from the Partnership.

The book will be revealed Friday, Sept. 22 at a celebratory reading by WITN-TV news anchor/reporter Heather King, the mother of three young children. The event will be held at Emerge Gallery & Art Center, 404 Evans St. in downtown Greenvillle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the reading will begin at 7 p.m. The first 25 people in attendance will receive a free book (one per family, please). Copies will be available for purchase for $9 at the event. Beginning Sept. 25, "Greenville Baby" will be available for $10 each at the MPPFC office at 111-B Eastbrook Dr., Greenville.

Proceeds from the book will continue early childhood education initiatives and literacy programs throughout Greenville and Pitt County that support the Partnership’s mission to ensure that every child in the community arrives for kindergarten ready for success.

For information on MPPFC and its programs, visit or call 252-758-8885.