July 06, 2017

RX for ReadingA $3,000 Impact Detroit Community Innovation Mini-Grant allowed the children’s literacy initiative Rx for Reading Detroit to distribute more than 1,500 new books to Detroit children in June.

Rx for Reading, which is sponsored by University of Detroit Mercy, distributed the books at the Detroit Public Library Parkman Branch’s Summer Reading Kick-Off Event on June 21. Additional books will stock an Rx for Reading Little Free Library in the Parkman Branch. More than 40 Little Free Libraries around metro Detroit encourage kids to take, read and share books they can borrow or keep.

“Research has shown that recreational reading can help prevent ‘summer slide’ in students’ academic performance,” said Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison, Ph.D., who runs Rx for Reading. “Reading just six books helps struggling readers maintain their skills over the summer months.”

Since 2014, Rx for Reading has distributed more than 70,000 books to children and their families in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

The goal of Impact Detroit’s mini-grant program is "to spark and cultivate small-scale innovative projects that seek to improve neighborhood environments for children and families."