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BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS AND CHOC PRESCRIBE SUMMER READING
July 06, 2007

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, in Orange County, is hosting the Eighth Annual "Prescriptions for Reading" Book Drive to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). During the month of July, Barnes & Noble Booksellers' patrons can purchase titles from a CHOC wish list, available in the stores, or favorite titles from the stores' children's departments to be donated to CHOC's literacy program. At the end of the book drive, Barnes & Noble Booksellers will top off patrons' donations with 500 additional books.

Affiliated with Reach Out & Read, CHOC's literacy program consists of modeling reading by volunteers who bring books into the clinic waiting rooms, training pediatricians in specific literacy strategies to promote books, and giving each child a developmentally appropriate book to take home at each visit. Children grow up with at least a few interesting books at home, and every parent hears about the importance of looking at books with young children.

As health care workers, CHOC pediatricians know first-hand how poor reading skills impact the lives of their patients. Many parents of patients cannot read medication prescriptions, instructions for the care of illness or injury, nutrition guidelines and other materials essential to the well being of their children.

Books can be donated at the following Barnes & Noble Booksellers:

 Aliso Viejo Town Center -- 26751 Aliso Creek Road

 Costa Mesa at Metro Pointe -- 901 B South Coast Drive Ste 150

 Fullerton at the Amerige Heights Town Center -- 1923 West Malvern Avenue

 Huntington Beach at Bella Terra -- 7881 Edinger Ave. #110

 Irvine at the Irvine Spectrum Center -- 81 Fortune Drive Suite 123

 Irvine at Woodbridge -- 4600 Barranca Parkway

 The Tustin Market Place -- 13712 Jamboree Road

 Newport Beach at Fashion Island -- 401 Newport Center Drive Suite A215

 Orange Town & Country -- 791 South Main Street Suite 100

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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