Maine’s Raising Readers handing reins to Reach Out and Read

(The Portland Forecaster)

Raising Readers, which has distributed nearly 4 million free books to young Maine children over the past 24 years, will turn its work over to a national nonprofit with the same mission that is expanding into the state.

“We’re working closely with Raising Readers to let clinics know that that program is ending and another is stepping into that space,” said Alex Chu, executive director of Reach Out and Read, which serves 4.2 million families nationwide, according to its website.

Reach Out and Read is also working with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which offers free books to kids from birth to age 5.

In Maine, “our vision is to build up to the same amazing presence that Raising Readers had over the next five to seven years,” he said.

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