The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and Reach Out and Read-Texas (ROR), a program of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, share a mission of encouraging a love of books and reading and supporting preschool children in school-readiness. To enhance their success, the TSLAC and ROR formalized a Collaboration Agreement to encourage local Texas public libraries and local ROR participants to collaborate. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote your Family Place programs and additional programs for preschool children.
The mission of Reach Out and Read-Texas (http://reachoutandreadtexas.org/index.aspx) is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing an extensive body of peer-reviewed research on the effects of the program.
- Parents served by Reach Out and Read are up to four times more likely to read aloud to their children.
- Reach Out and Read reaches the child through effectively teaching the parent to start lifelong learning in the home.
- During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites Texas public libraries to initiate collaborations with local ROR programs, and to provide:
- Library card applications that local ROR programs may share with participating families.
- Library calendars of events with early literacy, parenting, ESL, GED, and other library information that local ROR programs may distribute to children and families to inform them about public library services and programs.
- Information about the library’s online resources that local ROR programs may provide to children and families.
- Parent/child, parenting, and literacy programs at ROR program locations, or read to children at the sites, if outreach staff is available.
- Information about ROR to library patrons in the library and through social media.
For more information about establishing ROR partnerships, please visit the Texas State Library’s website at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/youthservices/ROR or contact Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.