Since January, New York State agencies have been collecting books for three organizations, including Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. Currently, over 2,300 gently-used books have been collected for our sites to be put in waiting rooms and given to siblings of children over 5.
New Alternatives for Children received about 360 books from the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) in Lower Manhattan and held a book fair for their patients, which was a wonderful celebration of literacy as children and families picked out books ranging in language, genre and age, from board book to adult literature. NAC works to help children with medical complexities and their families who are facing poverty and additional barriers impacting daily life. Events like the Book Fair at NAC help to inspire the joy of reading in children with few literacy resources. NAC children and their parents left the Book Fair with bags brimming with books and an excitement to start reading.
Families in attendance had access to support in picking out books to take home, as well as the opportunity to engage in arts and crafts, and making educational materials to nurture conversation around books and reading at home. New Alternatives for Children reaches 132 children annually through its Reach Out and Read program.
The New York Power Authority in White Plains collected over 860 books, which were given to White Plains Hospital. Thank you so much to all of the New York State Agencies for their contribution to Reach Out and Read!