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Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based, national nonprofit organization that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with healthcare providers to provide books and encourage families to read together. The end goal of Reach Out and Read is to prepare all children who enter kindergarten to read, learn, and succeed. The Reach Out and Read model is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the program has one of the strongest records of research support of any primary care intervention. Each year, Reach Out and Read’s 12,000 volunteer medical providers will distribute 6.5 million new books to more than 4 million children at nearly 5000 healthcare facilities in all 50 states.

The Virginia Gay program was started in 2014 with presentations to the community by Dr. Maggie Mangold, M.D. and Jen Blix, LPN from the Vinton Family Medical Clinic. Your donation of $20 makes it possible to provide books for one child throughout the year. Books are given to young children in all four of the family medical clinics in the Virginia Gay Hospital network (Atkins, Urbana, Van Horne and Vinton). Donate online to Virginia Gay Hospital’s Reach Out & Read Program.

Other Resources Available:

VGH Reach Out and Read Program Details

For more resources and guidelines on the importance of reading to your child, visit www.reachoutandread.org

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Monday, August 19, 2019

Featuring: Disney’s Monsters University


  • Book Exchange & Activities @ 7 pm
  • Story Reading @ 7:30 pm
  • Movie @ Dusk

FREE EVENT! NO ADMISSION NEEDED. (All children must be supervised.) Enjoy FREE TREATS during the movie: SNOW CONES, POPCORN, COTTON CANDY and BOTTLED WATER!


HOW IT WORKS: Bring up to 5 gently used youth books* and receive a Book Buck for each. Browse through available books and redeem your Books Bucks for books at the exchange.
WHAT TO BRING: Books (picture and chapter books) for children up to the 6th Grade Level that are in very good to excellent condition. (No damage, mold or loose pages) No library or textbooks; videos or computer games, please. At the end of the exchange, leftover books may be reclaimed by the original owner or donated to the Virginia Gay Hospital Family Clinics Reach Out and Read Program.


Sully & Friends from Monsters University along with a little help from the Be The Change Fitness Group will be reading two children’s books! See the pages on the big screen!

PLUS: Benton County Women’s Leadership & Networking Group, JUST US, will be announcing the first book for the Community Book Club.

Download a copy of the flyer here.

Additional information is available by contacting

Robin Martin
Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation Office
502 N. 9th Ave.
Vinton, IA 52349
Phone (319) 472-6375