Reach Out and Read, libraries and
museums are natural partners in promoting early literacy, and can
support each other in many different ways. Collaborations between
Reach Out and Read medical providers and museum and library
leadership will lead to a cohesive continuum of early education
services for families.
Thanks to a grant from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Reach Out and Read
surveyed medical practices from around the country to learn how
they currently work with local libraries and
This toolkit presents the results
of the survey, and is designed to provide ideas and resources for
Reach Out and Read coordinators, librarians and museums working
Please check back in regularly as we will
continue to update the toolkit with new suggestions - and please let us know if you have any
experience that you would like to share.
- The best partnerships often begin
with an honest and open informal conversation to explore common
interests, learn about one another, and build trust and
- If there is not a Reach Out and Read program near you, please
consider connecting with your local medical office and starting a
program. Many librarians are Reach Out and Read program
coordinators - some libraries fund the Program Coordinator
position, contribute funds towards books, and collaborate in
- Check out our printable IMLS bookmarks, which promote library and museum
- Encouraging families to visit the library as a community
resource, for additional books, for books in their first language,
as a way to connect with other parents/families.
- Posting flyers/information about library and museum resources
such as ESL classes, children's activities, and story hour in the
medical waiting room.
- Providing library card applications and information about low
or no-cost programs to visit the museum.
- Giving information about the local library and museums as part
of a welcome pack at the newborn visit.
- Hosting library story hours or providing a reader/storyteller
at the Reach Out and Read medical office waiting room, or visiting
medical offices with the Library Bookmobile.
- Printing and distributing Reach Out and Read materials at your
museum or library - including Reading Tips for Families in English
and age-appropriate bookmarks with
advice on reading aloud.
- Providing information about your museum or library for display
in the Reach Out and Read medical office waiting room.
- Helping to create booklists for children in the Reach Out and
Read age range.
- Donating gently used books, or coordinating a volunteer-run
program to provide books for the Reach Out and Read medical office
- Create literacy-rich waiting rooms for Reach Out and Read
- Submitting joint grant
applications to attract funders supporting community
- Promoting early literacy with community stakeholders.
- Collaborating on initiatives to encourage families to read
- Reach Out and Read has a range of
resources for parents and pediatricians, including reading
tips, literacy development milestones, booklists, how to
incorporate books into the well-child visit and more....
- The IMLS Early Learning
webpage has information and news about how museums and
libraries have special roles in early learning, including links to
Young Minds report on how museums and libraries create lifelong
- Every Child Ready to
Read @ your library is an initiative from the Public Library
Association and the Association for Library Service to Children
focused on supporting parents and caregivers with the early
literacy development of their children birth to age
- A partnership between Reach Out
and Read of Illinois and the Chicago
Public Library has launched the "Take 20,
Read Plenty" campaign that asks parents and caregivers to
pledge to read aloud to their children for 20 minutes every day.
Libraries and Reach Out and Read clinics will have special pledge
posters, read-aloud booklists and reading aloud tip sheets.
- New York State Library has
embarked on a four-year initiative to train librarians throughout
the state in Every Child Ready to Read @ your library. As part of
this, staff at all public libraries have been invited to get
acquainted with Reach Out and Read, and encouraged to collaborate
with local programs.
- Cuyahoga County Library has
established a child-friendly branch in the Metrohealth
Medical Center in Cleveland and gives a "Baby & Me"
kit. Watch this
TV interview for more information about Reach Out and Read's
partnership with Cuyahoga County Library.
- Reach Out and Read Washington
State partners annually with the King County Library System and
Seattle Public Library to distribute Summer Learning program
materials to the more than 50 Reach Out and Read programs in
King County, WA. The Reach Out and Read programs encourage families
to participate in Summer Learning and to visit the library year
- Reach Out and Read Massachusetts
is collaborating with Boston Children's Museum to reinforce the
importance of play in children's lives. Posters are
being distributed to all Massachusetts Reach Out and Read sites,
along with a
letter explaining the initiative.
- Manitowoc Public Library, WI has received a 2013 Library
Services and Technology (LSTA) grant to fund the start-up of a
Reach Out and Read program at HFM Pediatrics in
- Reach Out and Read Colorado and the Children's
Museum of Denver have collaborated to produce a poster and flyers with
tips for parents on helping their preschoolers get ready to
As part of the grant from
the IMLS, three Reach Out and Read regions, South Carolina,
Colorado and Connecticut are piloting state-wide partnerships
between Reach Out and Read, libraries and museums. We will be
posting more about these pilot projects in our Links section as
information becomes available.
We would love to hear from you if you have examples
of successful relationships between Reach Out and Read, libraries
and museums that we could include in this section.