Create a Literacy-Rich Waiting Room

Here are some ways you can volunteer to help improve the waiting room of a Reach Out and Read Program in your community:

  • Build or donate bookcases or child-sized furniture (benches, tables, chairs) to help create a reading corner. This is a popular option for Scouting and faith-based groups.
  • Donate a soft, story time rug.
  • Donate gently-used books or organize a book drive to stock the waiting room bookshelves.
  • Donate children’s or parenting magazines to lay out.
  • Art students or artists can create murals with literary themes or characters.
  • Photographers can donate their photography of children and families reading together.

Interested in helping a Program to create a literacy-rich waiting room?

You can find a Reach Out and Read Program in your community through our interactive map.

Or if you’d like assistance in identifying the Reach Out and Read Program in your area in greatest need of this kind of support, contact the Illinois Program Manager at


Reach Out and Read Illinois
1400 West Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, Illinois 60642
Phone | 312-733-1026 ext 204
Fax | 312-733-1791
Email |

Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics