A Daily Dose of Reading: Partnering to Promote Early Literacy


You are invited to join New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, along with area experts on early literacy, to explore the latest research and practice in this critical field. This exclusive event takes place on Monday, May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Akron Children's Hospital.

Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science and Akron Children's Hospital have joined forces to help educators, librarians, health care providers and other stakeholders create connections that promote early literacy and children's health.

The event includes a keynote address by Wells, followed by "lightning talks" by experts from Akron Children's Hospital, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Kent State University and Summit County Public Health department. Speakers will share what they do to educate caregivers on the importance of early literacy and talk about programs that build on this as well.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.


Monday, May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.


  • Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center
  • Akron Children's Hospital
  • One Perkins Square, 6th Floor
  • Akron, OH 44308

The Expressive Therapy Center is in the main hospital building. When you arrive, stop at the information desk for directions to the orange elevators. Take the orange elevators to the 6th floor and follow the signs. Parking is available for a fee in our parking decks. 


What Else?

On Tuesday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kent State University School of Library and Information Science will host a day-long symposium on early literacy, "A Daily Dose of Reading: Growing Readers Everywhere.” The event features a keynote by Rosemary Wells, a panel discussion on “Reading to Children, Health Care Connections and Reaching the Primary Caretaker,” and sessions on "Music and Movement,” “Sensory Storytime” and “Ready to Read.” Read more and register now.