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
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!
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
IMLS Funded Events in
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.
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
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!
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!