What is Reach Out and Read Colorado’s gently used books program?
Reach Out and Read Colorado’s model is made up of three components: 1) a brand new, developmentally- and language-appropriate book, 2) anticipatory guidance discussed by a health care provider and 3) a literacy-rich clinic environment. This third component begins in the waiting room, where we encourage all clinics to have a supply of gently used books available for children to take home.
What should our clinic do with gently used books?
Gently used books can be placed in your waiting room and/or exam rooms. Children and their families can read books while waiting for a visit and should be encouraged to take a book home with them. Books are available for all children, including siblings.
There are several ways to collect gently used books within your clinic. Below are some ideas:
Partner with schools, libraries, churches, community groups and other local organizations encouraging them to host book drives and/or donate books in support of the clinic. For more information read the Gently Used Books Frequently Asked Questions.
Place a box in your waiting room to collect gently used books. Attach this sign to encourage families to leave their gently used children’s books.
Place this sign on any bookshelves or baskets in your clinic that hold gently used books. This will encourage families to bring books they no longer use and leave them for others.
If your clinic sends out a newsletter to patients, ask families to donate their gently used children’s books to your clinic.
Email the staff in your clinic and ask them to bring in any gently used children’s books they have at home.