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Volunteers Who Love to Read Needed to Join Open Door Family Medical Centers’ Literacy Program.  Calling all readers, Open Door Family Medical Centers  is currently looking for volunteers to join their Reach Out and Read program.  Open Door is an official site for the national literacy program, Reach Out and Read, and offers the program at its sites in Ossining, Sleepy Hollow, Mt. Kisco and Port Chester.  Reach Out and Read is geared towards children living in poverty and is designed to take place in a medical environment.  As part of the program, Open Door’s volunteers read to children in the waiting rooms, provide instructions on reading techniques to parents and help children choose a book to take home. As part of the program pediatricians and family physicians also distribute new age-appropriate books and demonstrate reading techniques at each well-child visit for children from 6 months to 5 years. In 2011 Open Door’s Reach Out and Read volunteers read to 2,708 children and provided 6,707 books to families to help promote and foster a love of reading at home.   In addition to needing readers, donations of gently used children’s books, particularly board books, are always needed to support the Reach Out and Read program at all 4 sites.  For more information about volunteering for Open Door’s Reach Out And Read program, and to donate books contact Alicia Ward, Volunteer Coordinator at: (914) 502-1468 or by email at award@odfmc.org.