Literally Healing

Literally Healing at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is an innovative reading program that gifts families at CHLA more than 57,000 books annually. During a period when literacy can be inaccessible, Literally Healing helps strengthen reading skills and provides literacy activities, events, and story times to patients and families.

In addition to promoting literacy, we believe in supporting and strengthening our patient families through additional therapeutic literary resources.

The two branches of Literally Healing are The Therapeutic Library and The Gifting Library.

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  • Recreational Gifting Library
  • Inpatient Gifting Library Hours and Location
  • Weekly Events
  • Outpatient
  • Therapeutic Library
  • Donate to Literally Healing
  • Donate your own book
  • Volunteer for Literally Healing

While inpatient, visit the Literally Healing Gifting Library and take home one free, brand new book for each patient, sibling, and caregiver every day. Patients & siblings receive an additional free book for each 20 minutes they read in our Gifting Library.

Relax in our fun, literacy themed, Gifting Library, where you can engage with books, literacy games, or chat with our staff and volunteers about their favorite titles. Literally Healing is available to read with patients and siblings both in our Gifting Library as well as bedside.

Bedside Reading & Delivery

Literally Healing has trained volunteers that deliver books and read bedside in both inpatient and outpatient units. You may recognize our volunteers with their brightly-colored book carts roaming the halls. Caregivers, feel free to join in a fun story or allow our volunteers to read with your child while you grab a coffee or take a moment for yourself.

Due to volunteer schedules, we cannot guarantee that a volunteer will be on every unit daily. Feel free to come up to the Gifting Library to call Ext. 56801 from your room phone to request a visit from a Literally Healing volunteer or staff.

Audiobooks

Free audiobooks are exclusively available on the Get Well Network (the TV’s in patient rooms), or on your own devices at www.PenguinRandomHouseAudio.com/chla while using the free CHLA Wi-Fi.

Hours:

Families from Anderson 2, 3, 5 & 6 and Duque 4, 5, & 6

Monday - Friday: 10 am – 12:30 pm  &  6 – 7 pm
Saturday: 3 – 6 pm

Families from Anderson floor 4

Monday – Friday: 1 – 2 pm & 5 – 6 pm (except Wednesday evenings)
Saturday:  11 am – 1 pm 

Gifting Library Location:

Marion and John R. Anderson Pavilion, 6 West, Room 6366

How to get to the Gifting Library:

  1. Take the Anderson Pavilion elevators (by the HBO Café) to the sixth floor.
  2. Turn left toward 6 West.
  3. Press the doorbell and say you’re visiting the library.
  4. Walk to the end of the hallway then turn right.
  5. You have arrived! Now enjoy your free books.

Patient on Isolation? No Problem!

  • Caregivers / siblings can get books at the door of the Gifting Library
  • You can also ask a nurse to request books for you.
  • You can call Ext. 56801 from your room phone to reach the staff and volunteers of Literally Healing to request a bedside reader or delivery

Literally Healing offers daily and weekly story times for patients and siblings to enjoy.

Outpatient

Monday – Friday:

Stories Under the Sun | great for ages 3 – 10

Join us for a laugh along story time. Here you can sit on larger than life books under palm trees as you listen to your favorite children’s books read aloud. Plus receive a free book to take home.

Location: Saban Story Corner (across from the gift shop on the first floor)

Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Outpatient and inpatient families welcome

Inpatient

Monday:

Unplugged | ages 12+ only

Play literacy games, write found poetry and hang out in the Teen Lounge on Anderson 6 West. Plus receive a free book to take home.

12+ year old patients and siblings from all inpatient floors: 2 - 3 pm

Wednesday:

Stories Under the Stars | great for ages 4 – 10

Join us as we turn our Gifting Library into a time machine and blast off into night for stories and adventures read by flashlight as stars sparkle on our ceiling. Plus receive a free book to take home.

Families from Anderson floor 4: 4:15 – 5 pm

Families from Anderson floors 2, 3, 5 & 6 and Duq 4, 5, & 6: 5 – 6 pm

Thursday:

Stories At Sea | great for ages 4 - 10

Join us as we turn the Duque 6 cafeteria into a ship and sail out to sea for fun themed story times. Plus receive a free book to take home.

Families from Anderson 5 & 6 and Duq floors 4, 5, & 6: 4 – 4:45 pm

Location: Duque 6 Cafeteria

Book Gifting

Families are welcome to ask their clinic front desk for a free book to read and take home during each clinic visit. Literally Healing currently supports over 34 clinics at CHLA.

Please note: you will not be able to access the Gifting Library during an outpatient visit

Events

Monday – Friday:

Stories Under the Sun | great for ages 3 – 10

Join us for a laugh along story time. Here you can sit on larger than life books under palm trees as you listen to your favorite children’s books read aloud. Plus receive a free book to take home.

Location: Saban Story Corner (across from the gift shop)

Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Outpatient and inpatient families welcome

Audiobooks

Free audiobooks are exclusively offered to CHLA while on our Wi-Fi. Steps to accessing free audiobooks:

  1. Make sure you are logged onto the free CHLA Wi-Fi
  2. Go to www.PenguinRandomHouseAudio.com/chla
  3. You can enjoy as many books as you like while on campus

Literally Healing offers a unique and extensive Therapeutic Library with hundreds of carefully curated titles for our clinicians and staff to use while engaging with our families. These books are gifts for our families to take home.

The Therapeutic Library addresses sensitive issues in an accessible manner through the use of books as families navigate the unfamiliar hospital setting. Therapeutic books aid in discussions of difficult diagnoses, prognoses, treatments, and procedures, as well as working through associated emotional and effectual occurrences. These books provide families with not only narrative mirroring, but allow for metaphoric processing and normalization of a patients adversity, which is facilitated with a clinicians guidance.

Healthcare providers request specific recommendations from our team for patients and families during particularly stressful times in their recovery. Providers then utilize these carefully selected books to patients or encourage families to experience them together.

If you are a CHLA family interested in receiving any of these titles, please speak to your Child life Specialist, Social Worker, Therapist or any other health care provider.

Please note – all book donations must be 100% brand new for infection prevention.

Monetary Donations

Your gift will make a difference in the life of a child, bringing them joy and strength and widening their horizons both during and after their stay at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

You can visit our donation page here

Donate Directly through Amazon:

Select your book, magazine subscription, or gift card donation and your gift will be shipped directly to us. The Amazon link below shows our most up-to-date wish list.

In addition to purchasing a book on Amazon, you may also purchase Amazon gift cards, which allows our staff the flexibility to make book purchases tailored to meet the needs or requests of specific patients during their stays. We use your gift cards to purchase “Dream Books” which would not normally be on our wish list or in our inventory.

You may also donate a magazine subscription for our caregivers. You may visit the link below to see our magazine subscription wish list, and they will be sent directly to us via mail.

Gift Card Drive

We are extremely grateful to our community for holding book drives to support Literally Healing so we can encourage and educate the young patients in our care. Space limitations at the hospital can make it challenging to find appropriate storage space to accommodate the books we provide the children. Please consider holding a gift card drive instead of a traditional book drive.

Book Drive

All book donations must be 100% brand new for infection prevention. If you have used books we would recommend reaching out to any other wonderful organizations in the Los Angeles area that isn’t in the medical field.

If you would like to hold a book drive, please contact LiterallyHealing@chla.usc.edu and we will be able to give you our most up-to-date wish list and ideas.

Most Needed Books

  • Spanish books | All ages
  • Board books | Especially interactive and touch-and-feel
  • Dr. Seuss books | Picture books and Board books

Donating an independently published book is simple, but there are a few steps to complete so that our Literally Healing staff can review the title. Considering the diverse nature of a pediatric hospital, there are guidelines in place about what themes and content we are able to accept.

1. Send one review copy of your book to:

4650 Sunset Blvd.
MS #16 | Literally Healing Book Review
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. Please include a simple cover letter with your book. We will need the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Email
  • Mailing address
  • Are you wanting us to purchase these books or are you wanting to donate them
  • If you are donating, please let us know how many books you'd like to donate
  • Any additional information you think is pertinent

3. Literally Healing staff will review the book while considering the setting it will be used within. We strive to review all books within two to three weeks.

4. After the book has been reviewed, Literally Healing will reach back out to you about next steps.

Literally Healing is 100% funded by donations, we always appreciate the support of our fantastic community. Thank you for your consideration of CHLA and the wonderful families in our care. We look forward to reviewing your book!

Literally Healing is only made possible through the generosity of our volunteers! As Library Ambassadors they assist patients, families, and staff in selecting free books from the Gifting Library. They also deliver books to children in their rooms when they cannot visit the library and bring books to life by reading to patients at the bedside.

If you would like to volunteer with Literally Healing you will first need to apply through CHLA’s Volunteer Resources. Once you have met all of their requirements they will assist you with applying to volunteer with Literally Healing.