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Fox 4: Healthcare heroes at Children's Mercy team up with Kansas City library to get kids reading

Healthcare Hero Storytime

By Sherae Honeycutt

For the last year and a half, healthcare heroes have been working to keep people safe through the pandemic. Now, a few in Kansas City get to work on something a little more fun.

Catie Brouse is one of nearly 30 of healthcare workers ready to read. Employees at Children’s Mercy are working with the Kansas City Public Library on an online reading project. It’s aimed at all children, but the books are at an infant to 5-year-old knowledge level.

“It just seemed like such a natural fit to highlight and honor the incredibly hardworking healthcare heroes in our community, and tie that in with building literary literacy skills with kids,” said Molly Doroba, the early learning librarian for Kansas City Public Library.

In one of the videos, Brouse reads one of her favorite books and introduces herself to the kids.“You might come and see me in the emergency department if you have an earache or if you throat hurts. Today I’m going to be reading ‘Blueberries for Sal’ by Robert McCloskey,” Brouse said.

“I think because we’ve been so focused on the pandemic, I wanted to do something that was really fun, something that would give back to the community, something that wasn’t related to wearing a mask or thinking about where I can go something that was just fun,” Brouse said.

Kaley Wajcman is an art therapist at Children’s Mercy. She picked a book that helps kids see their art as imperfect, yet beautiful in the book “Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds.


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