Vol. 7, Issue 1
February 2017
In This Issue
From the Executive Director
Dear RORRI Friends,

As I sit down to write this, it is 51 degrees and the birds are chirping...and we are expecting our first big snow storm tomorrow. (Program Manager Lila has left early to pick up milk and eggs, in true RI fashion). What a funny winter it has been!

My daughters love a good snow storm: making snow angels, drinking hot chocolate and reading by the fire. If you haven't re-read The Snowy Day  by Ezra Jack Keats in a while, you are missing out. Keats is a pioneer in children's literature for his efforts to "break the color barrier" with his work. Mr. Keats believed that all children should be able to "see themselves in books they love." That's what I will be reading tomorrow, by the fire, and with hot chocolate.

There is big news to report from RORRI! First, we have a new home. Come visit us at One Richmond Square, Providence, in Suite 121K. We can stretch our legs and minds in this new space much more easily! We also welcomed two new members to our team: Sydney Montstream-Quas and Aimee Falso ...and said goodbye to our dear friend/ Communications Manager, Lynn Cuddy. When Lynn and her family moved to North Carolina, we knew our days with her wit, charm and brilliance were numbered. We are so sad to see her go (more like weepy and devastated), but proud of all that she accomplished while she was with us at RORRI. We wish you luck, Lynn!

And the growth doesn't stop there! Welcome to our new Reach Out and Read sites:
Children's Choice Pediatrics and Dr. Anne Garvey.
Happy Reading,

Save the Date!
Thursday,  May 4
we will be celebrating 
RORRI's 18th birthday at the Providence Art Club

Bring friends and have fun --  while helping us to raise 
crucial funds for our ever-growing number of little readers!

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI Celebrates 
5 Years of Supporting Early Literacy 
at WellOne Sites in Pascoag and Foster

WellOne's Joan Mullaney and Peter Bancroft 

recognize Carolyn Belisle and BCBSRI's long-term commitment to the Reach Out and Read program at WellOne Pascoag/Foster.

Representatives from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) visited the WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care Center in Pascoag to host a story hour and meet the WellOne team!

Peter Bancroft, President and CEO of WellOne believes "that helping children acquire a love for reading by introducing them to books at an early age is a priceless gift. The Reach Out and Read Program, with the generosity of BCBSRI, is providing children with this wonderful opportunity. WellOne is pleased to be a part of this initiative."

Reach Out and Read RI created the "adopt-a-site" program as a way to engage corporations in giving back to their communities. The BCBSRI sponsorship at WellOne covers the cost of all the books and operational expenses associated with running the Reach Out and Read program at this site.
  Provider Q&A
with Dr. Beth Lange
of Coastal Waterman Pediatrics

Dr. Lange is a graduate of Smith College and the Penn State College of Medicine and completed her residency training at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Lange is a Clinical Associate Professor at Brown Medical School and has served on multiple healthcare and community boards. 

Q: What is your favorite children's book?
A: Winnie the Pooh is my lifetime favorite book. While at times bumbling, Pooh's calm approach to life is blissfully innocent and happy. His world-view is timeless and ageless and stands as a great way to approach each day.  
Q: What is your favorite Reach Out and Read moment?
A: I love watching a child's eyes light up when I give them their new book: the baby's squeal of delight, the toddler's eagerness to read, and the preschooler's pride of ownership warm my day, each and every time.
15 month visit 2017
Dr. Lange gives a new book to 16 month old Kayla.

Q: Why did your practice join Reach Out and Read RI?
A: In this era of fast-paced and depersonalized electronics, the art of reading is being lost. With a simple book prescription, we reinforce all the benefits of reading: i magination language, concepts,  attention   and  patience,  to name a few.
Q: What impact does Reach Out and Read have on your patients?
A: The benefits are immediate and affect everyone - the staff who carefully handpick each book for each child, the clinician who gifts the book to the child, the child who wants to enjoy the book, and the family who engages the child with their new book. Often, we hear families leaving our office talking about getting more books at the library. 
Virtual and On-Site Holiday Book Drives

Thank you to Taco Comfort Solutions, Locke Lord, and  Performance Physical Therapy  for giving the gift of books! We appreciate you engaging employees and clients in donating to Reach Out and Read in such a meaningful way--and spreading the word about our work! Interested in learning more? Check out our virtual book drive at
The Book Nook 
by Sydney Montstream-Quas 
New RORRI Communications Manager

I am thrilled to join the Reach Out and Read Rhode Island team and am excited to utilize my non-profit grant writing and communications experience toward growing this great organization! As a child, I was a voracious reader -- the librarians knew me very well!

As an adult, I purchased Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See by Eric Carle even before my son Maxon was born, and gave it to my husband as a pre-Father's Day present. Reading it with my children was an engaging and joyful experience. Although my children are now 17 and 15, I have kept many of their children's books; not only do I love the colorful stories and creative artwork, but the books hold many loving memories of reading them over, and over, and over again with my children.

One of my favorite books to sing to my daughter, Adeline, was Baby Beluga by Raffi. Adeline loved to sing along and at age two she embraced the opportunity to entertain an entire plane full of people by standing on my lap and belting it out at the top of her lungs. Singing (and talking) to your children also has beneficial effects on language acquisition!

Another passion of mine as a child was running, so I am very fortunate to be the Gordon School cross country and track & field coach for the past six years, teaching the love of running to enthusiastic children. I have also played the fiddle since I was five, and now play and sing in an eclectic folk band, Bay Spring Folk.

Sydney reads to her daughter's kindergarten class in 2007. Adeline, in the red dress, listens attentively. 
Homestyle Holiday Shopping Event

Thank you to Homestyle for another successful holiday shopping event! Lisa Newman Paratore and her staff
are such good friends to RORRI!

Nayatt Elementary School Students Donate Books 

A big RORRI thank you to the second graders in Mrs. Taft and Mrs. Smith's classes at  Nayatt Elementary School in Barrington  for collecting new and gently used books this holiday season. Because of the hard work and generosity of these second graders and their families, we were able to stock the shelves at the East Bay Community Action Program in  Riverside.

It's Not Too Late to Donate to Our Annual Appeal

On behalf of all the Rhode Island
children who will grow up with a love of books, 
parents who are sharing  the closeness of reading, and
clinicians who are supporting the  healthy development of their patients

Reach Out and Read RI
One Richmond Square, Ste 121K
Providence, RI 02906
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