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  • The Read To Me Program: How the program works

    • The Read to Me program gives children the tools they need to learn to love reading.

    A family's introduction to the Read To Me program begins in the pediatric clinic waiting area, where a group of hospital volunteers choose age- and language-appropriate books to read to children.

    Our volunteers provide an interesting and educational activity for children to participate in while they wait to see their doctors. The volunteers also serve as literacy role models, encouraging both children and parents to realize the great significance of reading.

    During each family's visit with the pediatrician, doctors encourage parents to read to their children and parents are informed about how beneficial reading can be. The benefits of reading include faster language development, increased school readiness and less struggle at bedtime.

    At every clinic visit, the doctor gives the child a new book to take home. This supports the hospital's philosophy that books are important. In the past year, the program has distributed over 10,000 books to patients.

    For more information about the Read to Me program call 401-444-8638 or e-mail

    Who funds the program?