If you are not reading to your young children, or providing books for them,….you may want to think about starting.
Pediatrician Dr. Sarah Woerner at Western Sierra Medical Clinic says the Read Me a Story program has been around for almost 20 years now and is patterned after a program through the Academy of Pediatrics. Locally the Read Me a Story program is supported by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Soroptimist of the Foothills.
Dr. Woerner says there is also a correlation between reading and childhood obesity and too much screen time on TV or computers can also have a negative impact on children.
Dr. Woerner says a collection drive is currently underway for new or gently used children’s books. They can be dropped off in boxes at the front entrance to Western Sierra Medical Clinic, which is located at the corner of Brunswick and Old Tunnel Rd in Grass Valley. Dr. Woerner says the books will be distributed at a fun book fair for children on Saturday June 17th from 10 am to 1 pm at Western Sierra Medical Clinic.
The book fair is designed to encourage children 10 years and younger to embrace reading and learn the joy of books, with the goal of improving their language and reading skills during Summer vacation. Children and parents can choose free books at the Book Fair.