Reading is Fun at Addabbo FHC
Children are learning to love books and reading at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. This summer the Center launched a new program in its waiting room at 1288 Central Avenue. While children or their parents are waiting to be seen by their doctor, volunteers and summer youth interns bring out books and read. The volunteers read aloud to children, showing parents and children the pleasures and techniques of looking at books together. Parents who may have difficulty reading are encouraged to invent their own stories to go with picture books and spend time naming objects with their pre-schoolers. “It is wonderful to see the faces of the children in our waiting room light up when our volunteers are reading to them,” says Fern Zagor, Chief Administrator of Community Services at Addabbo.
Educators and developmental psychologists have long considered reading aloud to children important in helping those children develop early literacy skills. The program is coordinated by Addabbo’s Community Resource Center. Laura Craft, CRC Director, states, “I love the way parents are learning to read and interact with their children. The parents enjoy the reading hour as much as the children do. Everyone is learning that reading is fun!”
The project this summer was made possible by a private donation from Pacific Resources, Inc. located in California. The Queens Borough Public Library, Far Rockaway Branch, also helped develop the program. The Center is hoping for more volunteers and donations to continue this reading program throughout the year. Those interested should contact the Addabbo/PRYSE Community Resource Center.