Books inspire family fun, learning

Denise Mucci, RNC (left), and Paula Lynch, RNC, display some of the books children can choose from when they visit the Ob/Gyn Clinic with their expectant mothers.

This article was published in the March 15 issue of onCampus.

While children may look forward to a new brother or sister, they can tire of accompanying their mothers on numerous prenatal care visits.

A free book provided by staff of Ohio State’s Ob/Gyn Clinic not only encourages children to look forward to Mom’s next Clinic visit, but to make reading and learning a fun family goal.

Books Encourage…Gift of Learning” is a free-book program begun a few years ago as a way to entertain fidgety children in waiting rooms. Ob/Gyn Clinic staff quickly realized that giving a book to a child whose family has limited resources provides ongoing positive effects for the family and demonstrates that the personalized caring of Ohio State’s faculty and staff extends well beyond the clinic doors.

“Many times, patients have limited access to quality reading material for their children, as they don’t have resources to purchase books. Through the gift of these books, Clinic staff hope to instill a love for reading and learning. Information for parents on age-appropriate reading material is included in every book. These books provide parents with an opportunity for positive interactions with their children on both a personal and educational level,” says Denise Mucci, RNC.

Mucci, Paula Lynch, RNC, and Clinic staff are grateful to all who have donated books and funds to purchase books, including Campus Campaign, Wexner Medical Center Service Board, Girl Scouts and numerous nurses, doctors, staff members and administrators.

Children have delighted in reading Boomer the Bengal Cat, a rhyming story about Boomer, who gets lost in a room of orange and black spotted wallpaper and relies on his friend for help. The books are a recent donation from Karen Pitchford, a central Ohio author.

Faculty and staff can support this program through a donation of books or to Campus Campaign Fund #313172. For more information, contact


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