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Rhoda Reads™   Click here to view our brand new video about the Rhoda Reads Program!
Rhoda Reads™ is an early literacy program designed especially for Rotarians to engage in the development of our youngest community learners at the most opportune time – when they are ages 0-5.  Learning to read is a major foundational skill which strongly correlates with both academic and vocational success.  With the Rhoda Reads™ program, we provide training to our Rotarians on early childhood development, and then equip each Rotarian participant with a Rhoda Reads™ Tool Kit which includes a variety of books for children up to age 5 as well as an adorable stuffed owl named Rhoda (our program mascot).  Rotarians are then matched with a local early childcare provider which they will regularly visit and spend time reading to children 0-5 years of age.

Childcare Sites
If you are a childcare site located in the Greater Waterville area and you would like to participate in the program, you download the Rhoda Reads registration form and send it in to us. If you are outside of the Greater Waterville area, we recommend that you approach your local Rotary Club and ask if they have heard about the program.  We are looking for other clubs that are interested in starting Rhoda Reads in their area.

Rotary Clubs
If your Rotary Club would like to implement a Rhoda Reads program in your community, Rotary Club of Waterville has developed a Rhoda Reads Early Literacy Program Guide Kit which includes detailed instructions on how to implement the program, a copy of Rhoda's Rescue (see below) and our stuffed animal mascot Rhoda the Owl.  Kits are $30 each plus shipping. Click here for order form. We can also present the Rhoda Reads program to clubs local to the Waterville, Maine area - contact us at RhodaReads@gmail.com. 

Rhoda's Rescue
We have contracted with Pulitzer Prize winning Maine children’s book author Barbara Walsh to write “Rhoda’s Rescue” - our own children’s book featuring Rhoda the Owl teaching her fellow woodland creatures about the ideals of Rotary.  Illustrations are done by Abby Grieg.  The book is available for purchase - contact us at RhodaReads@gmail.com.  Price is 14.95 USD or $20.00 CAN each plus shipping.  Click here for an order form. 

Now available in French - Le sauvetage de Rhoda

And Spanish! - El Rescate de Rhoda