Organization celebrates 10 years

“Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development,” according to Reach Out and Read.

Young children hear many words by listening to the adults in their lives, but books introduce more and different vocabulary. Unfortunately, not only do children from low-income households hear tens of millions fewer words than other children by the age of four (Hart-Risley study, 1995) but they also often have little access to books at home. These are obstacles to literacy and language development for children in our community.

Reach Out and Read of Marshall County provides up to 11 books per child through check-ups by the child’s primary care provider. For those children living at or below the poverty line in our county, these are often the ONLY books they have at home. Not to be overlooked is the proven impact on parents when our local medical providers give the child a book and “prescribe” reading aloud.

Please consider making a gift to our local Reach Out and Read. We have thrived here — we’ve given nearly 25,000 books to area children over the past 10 years! — thanks to the support of the Community Foundation of Marshall County, several area businesses and many individual donors. All funds buy books for children in Marshall County.

Please send your gift payable to Reach Out and Read Marshall County, c/o Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St., Marshalltown Iowa 50158

Thank you for your support!