The goal of the Ethan & Choco’s Book Club (ECBC) is to make access to books and reading a core part of the care that SuperKids receive in the hospital. Click here to check out Ethan’s ECBC launching video! Three components define the vision for ECBC:
- To build SUPER libraries throughout CHOC Children’s Hospital, including a main library, book nooks in common spaces where patients spend time, mobile book carts that travel to patient rooms, and “mini-libraries” in patient rooms that display books that kids borrow. Libraries will be designed with features that inspire reading, such as utilizing thematic, open-faced shelving; comfortable seating; and high-quality mainstream and therapeutic literature.
- To implement high-quality read-aloud programming in common spaces and private patient rooms so that all patients have the opportunity to benefit from the effects of daily reading aloud during their hospital stay. Volunteers will be trained on how to select quality literature as well as how to read aloud to optimize engagement, dialogue, good thinking, and literacy skills.
- To create additional programming that uses reading-based experiences to connect SuperKids in the hospital to other kids, other interest areas, and the outside world. Examples of such programs include “Reading in the Kitchen” (group read alouds that inspire cooking), “Let’s Read & Create” (group read alouds that inspire art), and ECBC Across the Curriculum (read aloud events that inspire thinking in academic areas such as math and science).
By promoting literacy development, critical thinking through conversations around books, and opportunities for social connections, ECBC supports MaxLove Project’s goal of helping every child to thrive during treatment and beyond.
DESCRIPTION OF WHAT WILL BE FUNDED WITH PHASE 1
The goal of Phase 1 of fundraising is to raise enough money to give CHOC patients quick access to high-quality books as well as opportunities for daily read alouds performed by trained volunteers. Funds will go towards purchasing book; mobile book carts; shelving and furniture to create “book nooks” in existing common areas on inpatient floors (such as in the playrooms or the family lounges); and additional supplies such as ECBC book plates, bookmarks, and book sanitation products. It is estimated that approximately $20,000 is needed for this initial phase of fundraising.