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Reach Out and Read Program Collects New, Gently Used Books through March 31

Nationwide Children’s Hospital program aims to raise literacy awareness throughout central Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH - 1/29/2009

With more than 4,000 Reach Out and Read Programs nationwide, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud to be among the largest. Each year, Nationwide Children’s, along with community partners, hold a three-month community-wide book drive collecting new and gently used books to raise literacy awareness throughout central Ohio. It is with the generous support of the community that enables Nationwide Children’s physicians and staff to help encourage family literacy in the home prior to a child’s entrance into the school system.

Now through March 31, Nationwide Children’s is calling on the community to donate new, preschool-age books or gently used books up to a fourth grade reading level. Please, no books with religious messages.

Book donation sites include Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Half Price Books, COSI (receive $2 off admission when you bring in a book donation), Tommy’s Pizza (Dublin location only) and Dave Fox Remodeling.

For more information about donation sites and the Reach Out and Read Program, visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/ReachOutandRead or call 614-355-8619.

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