Growing readers program

Through the Growing Readers Program, REACH distributes books to local at-risk children and youth to develop their own home libraries. REACH serves as a resource in the community to help establish give away libraries and other literary needs for partner organizations.  One of our longest running community partnerships, REACH established the REACH Reading Room in 2005 at the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth.  Since 2012, we have given away over 26,000 gently used books to every child that visits the REACH Reading Room library exhibit.  This exhibit, furnished with a comfy couch and literary characters dancing on the walls, creates a quiet space where parents can sit and share a story with their children.