Last Friday morning, Congressman Fred Upton honored the library with a visit to the Family Heath Center to see our Ready to Read program in action. He surprised a group of young children in the pediatric waiting area by offering to read aloud to them. Although they were a little shy in beginning, it wasn’t long before he had the kids gathered around him, listening intently and participating in the stories. I was really impressed by his natural rapport with children.
Following the impromptu story time, Congressman Upton presented every child with a gift book. “Now, I want all parents to cover their ears” he instructed the adults in the room. When he proceeded to tell the children to ask their parents to share the book with them at home, they all eagerly agreed.
To conclude his visit, Congress Upton chatted with staff in the Pediatric Department and W.I.C. Program about their involvement in Ready to Read. Family Health Center pediatricians discuss early literacy development and distribute gift books to families at well-child exams between birth and five years of age. W.I.C. nutritionists also recommend early reading experiences to client families and present Ready to Read gift books to families. “Reading is so important” Congressman Upton said. “I’m a big supporter of this program.”
The Family Heath Center is just one of thirty-eight community sites that partner with the library to promote early childhood literacy through Ready to Read’s Rx Reading program component.
View more photos of Congressman Upton's visit on the KPL Flickr photostream.
Congressman Upton helps Ready to Read