Prescription for Success

Connecting Reach Out and Read Families with local libraries and museums.

Reach Out and Read Launches "Prescription for Success!" 

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Reach Out and Read has launched their new initiative, Prescription for Success, a year-long project beginning in January 2015 aimed at helping more families benefit from museum and library services that foster literacy development in young children. As a national nonprofit organization comprised of doctors and nurses who encourage family reading habits, Reach Out and Read has deep and broad relationships within the medical community. Prescription for Success will leverage these connections to explore new ways doctors and their staff can collaborate with museums and libraries.

During the first six months of the project, Reach Out and Read surveyed and documented current state and local partnerships between Reach Out and Read and libraries and museums, and created an online toolkit of best literacy practices. This toolkit will serve as a valuable resource for medical clinics, libraries, and museums. 

During the second half of the project, Reach Out and Read will facilitate and further develop statewide library and museum collaborations in Colorado, Connecticut, and South Carolina.  Some of these collaborations include Reach Out and Read programs providing library and museum applications and passes at their sites, or "prescribing" visits to libraries and museums with a "prescription pad" created with part of the funding from the grant.


Alternately, libraries and museums can provide information about Reach Out and Read, or donate gently used books. The survey found examples of successful collaborations in Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, and more. For more detailed information on our "Prescription for Success" initiative, please visit this page.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children's Get Into It! night!

Stepping Stones Museum Logo

Reach Out and Read partnered with Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk on December 3 at their annual Tree Lighting/Get Into It! Free night. Reach Out and Read distributed Mother Goose books to all the children that attended the event. Over 600 people attended and enjoyed a story time, live music, and holiday crafts throughout the museum. Santa also made a quick visit to light the Christmas tree. Reach Out and Read was honored to be a part of this fun night! This collaboration was part of our Prescription for Success  initiative to team up with local museums. 

Stepping Stones 2

Stepping Stones 3 Stepping Stones 4  Stepping Stones 1

IMLS Funded Events in Connecticut 

Locally in Connecticut, the grant enabled projects such as the successful Clifford Literacy Day at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.  "Reading is the big idea!" a new collaborative partnership between the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society and Reach Out and Read Connecticut, brought Clifford the Big Red Dog to West Hartford on Saturday, June 27. The two non-profit organizations with literacy missions teamed up to offer an afternoon of fun: Clifford the Big Red Dog story times, crafts, games, snacks, and free books.

Clifford at Noah Webster House  Volunteers at Clifford Literacy Day
Approximately 100 guests were greeted by Clifford himself upon entry to the museum and followed his big red footsteps to the event. Among the various activities, children could play "pin the bone" on Clifford, try out his doghouse, or create a set of red ears.

Children gathered on the rug for story times and every family received a free Clifford the Big Red Dog book courtesy of this grant. The star of the event was, of course, Clifford himself! Children (and some adults) flocked to Clifford to give him a hug, a "high-five," and have their picture taken with him. "Clifford!" said one little boy upon first sight of the Big Red Dog, "I read your books every night!" And that was the point of the event: to get kids excited about reading!  

Clifford with Books  Dr . Roque And Dr . O'Brien  

On September 19, Reach Out and Read Connecticut co-sponsored Curiosity Day with Curious George at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, another event funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant.  Guests enjoyed a number of Curious George themed activities including story time, arts and crafts, snacks and videos on the big screen! Plus, the first 100 families to arrive received a free Curious George book!

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  Local Connecticut Impact
72 Reach Out and Read Programs
39,418 Children Served Annually
73,078 Books Distributed Annually
U.S. Totals
4.7 million
children served annually

Reach Out and Read's thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents.

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111