Books and Breakfast with Santa

Santa will be making a guest appearance at our Books and Breakfast event on December 16.  He is bringing along a sack of presents for the children from the North Pole too!  Students and families will be able to enjoy another free breakfast, listen to stories and choose a book to take home.  Turn The Page is grateful for the generous support from Roanoke City Public Schools and all our literacy volunteers from the community and Hollins University.  We are…

Four Fur Feet makes its debut!

For Carilion Children’s youngest patients, this Thanksgiving came with a special treat – a newly republished Margaret Wise Brown book, and a pair of accomplished leaders (and moms) to read it to them.

Hollins President Pareena Lawrence and Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Howell Agee spent their Thanksgiving morning reading to patients at Carilion Children’s. In addition to reading Brown’s perennial favorites Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the two leaders introduced the children to Four Fur…

Books & Breakfast at Hurt Park Elementary


In partnership with Roanoke City Public Schools, Turn The Page is hosting Saturday community events with complimentary breakfast and books for all ages.  Families of Hurt Park Elementary are enjoying breakfast, story time, and the chance to choose books to take home.   Our next November date is the 18th and our December 16 date will feature a holiday theme.  You can read more about this program here.

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Urban Gypsy

Urban Gypsy Fundraiser

Join us at Urban Gypsy in the historic Grandin Village for a fun celebration of Turn the Page. Part of each purchase will be donated to Turn the Page.
Mom Reading to Baby

Babies born in Roanoke get free books thanks to local non-profit

This article was originally written by (ROANOKE WSLS 10) and can be found at: A local organization is trying to get parents to read to their children from birth. “We were in the NICU for a very long time,” says Lauren Ellerman, who gave birth to a daughter three months early. Maggie weighed just one pound six ounces and spent months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). “I remember reading to her through the Isolette of the bed right behind…
kid at library

Avoiding “Summer Slide”

Studies show that children who do not read or have access to books during the summer lose up to 2 months of reading performance. Those losses accumulate during the elementary school years so that by the time a child enters middle school he/she may be 2 1/2 years behind. All children, whether from low, middle or upper income families, may fall victim to the “summer slide” if not provided with summer reading opportunities. So how can we prevent the…


The Importance of Reading to Kids

Turn The Page has been lucky to partner with the Roanoke Public Libraries in distributing the board book Roanoke Baby to moms and babies at the NICU and Labor and Delivery floor at Carilion Hospital.  Roanoke Public Libraries has benefited from the strong leadership of Library Director Sheila Umberger, and we consider her to be a valued partner and colleague in our mission to give new books to all babies born in Roanoke and sharing the importance…


Early Experience is Critical

Shortly after birth, babies’ brains form connections between brain cells – forming as many as 700 connections per second. Interaction from adults determines how these connections form. “Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Just as a weak foundation compromises the quality and strength of a house, adverse experiences early in life can impair brain architecture, with negative effects lasting into adulthood.”*

*Harvard Center…