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Magazines from dentists make new readers smile

Highlights for ChildrenMy lifelong love for magazines started with reading Highlights at the dentist office – and I know I’m not alone in that experience. To this day, I can’t pass a Highlights without picking it up to look for hidden pictures.  So reading magazines in the dentist office is the seed that grew to become MagazineLiteracy.org and dentists continue to receive and share so many wonderful magazines in their waiting areas with their patients.  Let’s tap this enormous potential – putting a smile on the face of new readers, while your dentist brightens yours.

Organized literacy efforts among health professionals are not unprecedented. For example, Reach out and Read is an amazing program empowered by pediatric physicians.  Dental offices receive many wonderful magazines each month to share with readers in their waiting rooms and cycle through them as new issues come in.  We know from working with many dentist that they love the idea of giving the magazines a new life by sending them to our literacy programs.

Whether you are a dentist or a patient – contact us to help grow our “Make Readers Smile” project.   Every dentist can participate – strengthening the breadth and depth of our magazine literacy supply chain. In addition to supplying their own magazines, the visibility can encourage patients to be involved too – perhaps by recycling their own magazines to new readers and volunteering to build up our local literacy teams.

I’m smiling already!

  • James F. Bay Elementary

    School
    100 readers age zero to four
    Seabrook, TX, USA
    Needs: 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested: Highlights for Children, National Geographic for Kids, and Turtle Magazine

  • Wave City Care: Shine Program

    501(c)(3) charity
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Serving: Girls in from grades 5th through 12th
    Needs: 50 magazines per month, year round
    Magazines Requested: Girls teen, Career, National Geographic, Fashion, Home, Family, Women, Seventeen, Redbook, Teen Vogue, Self, Good Housekeeping, Home Journal, Ellle, Homes & Garden

  • Maryland Correctional Institution–Jessup (MCIJ)

    School or Library
    Jessup, Maryland
    Serving male adults 18-60 years of age. From pre-literacy to varying reading levels.
    Needs magazines for 30 students monthly
    Magazines Requested: Students enjoy nonfiction magazines with lots of pictures and short articles–this would include magazines about animals, geography, science, food, clothing, anything relevant to today’s world. National Geographic for Kids would be wonderful.

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