Children's Literacy Program


For more information about the program contact HCMC’s Children’s Literacy Liaison, Lynne Burke, at 612-873-8954 or

Healthier Lives Through Reading

The goal of HCMC’s Children’s Literacy Program is to connect young patients and visitors with books because children who read lead healthier lives. Sharing books and stories is a great way to drive language development and brain growth, both of which support success in school and in life. HCMC incorporates literacy promotion into healthcare delivery whenever, wherever we can, via four signature literacy projects. We distribute more than 30,000 children’s books annually, beginning at birth and continuing through adolescence.

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Book Nooks

We know that books provide: Amusement, Brain Building opportunities, and Comfort. This special notion of ABC has helped the Children’s Literacy Program grow from one location, the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic, to more than 35 hospital departments and community clinic locations, identified as Book Nooks.


Get involved a little. Community events and easy-on-the-wallet fundraising campaigns are scheduled throughout the year. Read the latest Book Nook News.

Get involved a little more. Become a Book Buddy, one of our literacy programs. Program volunteersRead to children or work behind the scenes as part of the book distribution network at the hospital.

Commit: Join the Literacy Council. Help guide the program and lead fundraising efforts to support our work. HCMC’s Children’s Literacy Advisory Council is charged with managing program visibility and raising funds to buy books and supplies. They meet quarterly in person and monthly by conference call. If you are passionate about what we do, help us do it! Join the Council. We’re looking for people with business and community connections, fundraising experience, PR know how, branding smarts, special event expertise, and all around we-can-do-this chutzpah.

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Communicate: Tell your friends about us. Share our work with your organization or faith community. Blog about us. If you are a member of a faith community, business group, book club, or community service organization would you be willing to: Organize a Recycle Your Reading Drive to collect children’s magazines for us? Sponsor or help plan a fundraiser? Pass the hat at your next meeting? Speak to your group on our behalf? Brainstorm with us about ways your group might contribute to our work. Partner with us. Contact us at 612-873-8954 or

Contribute: Financial contributions enable us to get the most books for your bucks. Donations fund our entire book budget. Generous sponsors supported our work last year by providing funds or new books. We also accept gently used book donations when our storage space allows.