The Jefferson County Reading Council donated 250 paperback “booster” books to the Jefferson County Health Department.

When children visit the health department for immunizations, they may a choose book to take home from a selection of pre-school to middle school titles, according to a news release.

“This will help keep the children busy and happy while we work with them,” Angela Parker, Jefferson County health unit administrator, said.

This is a continuing project of the reading council made possible by grants from the Arkansas Reading Association and Delta Kappa Gamma – Epsilon professional education society. Margie Nanak is the reading council literacy project chairwoman.

“This project originally began about a decade ago to target pre-school children,” Roxanne Harper, reading council president, said. “We wanted to expand the community project so older children would have an opportunity to receive free books also.”

The Jefferson County Reading Council is an affiliate of the Arkansas Reading Association and the International Literacy Association. The council is a volunteer organization of educators, parents, and community members whose mission is to promote reading and literacy.

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