What does the Fox Cities medical community and public library have in common? Prior to this year, the answer was “not much”. That will be changing as a result of an innovative grant funded by the United Way Fox Cities to begin the implementation of Reach Out and Read.
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based non-profit organization of medical providers who promote pre-literacy and school readiness in the examining rooms of family practitioners and pediatricians nationwide by giving new books to children and advising parents about the importance of reading aloud. Physicians who participate in the program promote the development of pre-literacy skills at ten well-child visits between the ages of six months to five years, making literacy promotion a standard of pediatric care. Physicians use books as tools within developmental screening to determine if children are being read to and are developing properly.
Locally, it is Dr. Sarah Campbell, physician at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, who was the first to pilot Reach Out and Read in Appleton. In a letter of support for expansion of the program throughout the Fox Cities she wrote, “It is my hope, and was when we started this program a year ago, that this will become the standard of care for children in the Fox Cities."
The Friends of Appleton Public Library will act as the fiscal agent for this grant. The library’s primary function is to select and distribute books to medical sites in the Fox Cities who choose to participate in Reach Out and Read. The position of Regional Coordinator for Reach Out and Read is funded by the United Way Fox Cities, but is working out of the Appleton Public Library. The primary function of this position is to promote the spread of Reach Out and Read throughout the Fox Cities.
“Implementation of Reach Out and Read in the Fox Cities will help ensure that all local children enter kindergarten developmentally on track in the area of pre-literacy skills,” said Tanya Misselt, Appleton Public Library Children’s Services Supervisor. “This grant has created an opportunity for us to bring change to early literacy in the Fox Cities.”
March 2 | 4:00-5:00 pm
Meet Jeanne Loehnis, Inward Journey Life Coach and author of What's Alive in Me Now? Time for the Journey of your Life! Learn about taking responsibility for your life and discovering unique gifts and talents you possess. Books will be available for sale and signing following Jeanne's presentation.
We're kicking off a new series titled Artist-in-Residence this winter. Join us as we showcase the work of local artists with an exhibit in our lower level exhibit hall, as well as various classes and events with the artist.
Places in Peril Art Exhibit
Painting Techniques with Judith Waller
Painting Workshop with Judith Waller
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