Brooklyn – Today Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman teamed up with Reach Out and Read of Greater New York to promote early childhood literacy at Long Island College Hospital’s Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic. After reading several books to children that are patients at LICH, each child selected a book of their own to take home. Reach Out and Read is a statewide non-profit organization that partners with medical staff to encourage children and their families to read together.
“As a former librarian, I was honored to take part in this important effort,” said Assemblywoman Millman. “It is always a treat to share my love of reading with children and their families. Thanks to Reach Out and Read, children at hospitals and clinics throughout New York State are prescribed reading as a critical tool in their development.”
Each summer, Assemblywoman Millman sponsors the Summer Reading Challenge, another effort that encourages children to read over the summer when school is not in session. At the end of the summer, children who participate in the program receive a certificate from Assemblywoman Millman and the New York State Assembly. Over the years, hundreds of children have participated in the Summer Reading Challenge.