Rx for Reading Ypsilanti launches free library at Washtenaw WIC!

Rx for Reading has expanded!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Rx for Reading Ypsilanti and their first Rx for Reading free library at the Washtenaw WIC Clinic at 555 Towner, Ypsilanti, MI.  Washtenaw WIC provides nutritional counseling and food for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to five years of age as well as breastfeeding support and referrals for immunizations, prenatal care, and more.

Now, moms and children will also get to choose a book to take home every time they visit Washtenaw WIC.

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Cathy Sanborn, WIC Dietician, and Gayathri Akella, WIC Coordinator with the new Rx for Reading Ypsilanti Library

Rx for Reading Ypsilanti is spearheaded by Kaitlin Browne, an English Literature graduate student at Eastern Michigan University.  Kaitlin was inspired by the idea of taking her passion for literature outside of the college classroom and into a setting where literacy can be enjoyed and encouraged at a young age.  As Kaitlin describes her own path to reading, “I was fortunate because, although my family didn’t have much money when I was growing up, my mother worked as a clerk at a bookstore.  Having access to those books is a huge part of why I study literature today.”


Right after the Rx for Reading Ypsilanti WIC library opened, this little sweetheart and her mom chose a book to read and take home.

Thank you to Kaitlin and to the staff and families at Washtenaw WIC!

“This makes my heart smile.  Reading is power!”  Erica McLeod, Washtenaw WIC Breastfeeding Peer Educator