768 New Children’s Books Distributed at Penquis

By Renae Muscatell | Sep 12, 2017
Autumn, a year and a half old, visiting her local Penquis office with her mom receives a book of her choice.

Rockland, Maine - A total of 768 new free children’s books — enough to fill a library shelf more than 25 feet long — were distributed to local families in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties.

     The giveaways featured colorful storybooks for ages 1-6 and were received by families during visits to local Penquis offices as well as through Penquis’s home visiting program. The books, a welcome surprise to both parents and the young recipients, were provided to promote recreational reading and to offer opportunities for families to spend time learning together.

     Penquis was able to provide these books in partnership with The Molina Foundation’s Books Across Maine initiative, which was made possible with generous corporate support from Molina Medicaid Solutions of Maine. Nine other community agencies similar to Penquis are also participating in the statewide partnership. The initiative is part of a literacy campaign The Molina Foundation sponsored in select regions of the country. 

    Books Across Maine is designed to promote out-of-school learning and help combat the “summer slide” where students lose academic ground.  Children can drop an average of 2 to 3 months in reading and math sills over the summer — a loss that can significantly impact their future academic and economic success.

     Kara Hay, Penquis chief executive officer, said that sending children home with books to keep is an action step that reinforces a statewide pro-literacy message.  “We care about improving access to books and other educational resources for families in our program. “We are giving away new children’s stories to encourage recreational reading, sharing stories, and learning all year long.”

To learn more about The Molina Foundation, visit their website: www.molinafoundation.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@molinagiving), or Instagram (@molina_foundation)

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