Director of the "America Reads Challenge" to Speak in New Haven

Yale University and the New Haven Free Public Library will host a talk and discussion with Carol Rasco, senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m., at the New Haven Free Public Library program room, 133 Elm St. A reception will follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Visitor Information Center, 149 Elm St. Members of the media are welcome to attend this demonstration of the community’s commitment to the children of New Haven.

Ms. Rasco directs the America Reads Challenge, President Clinton’s national initiative to ensure that all children read independently and well by the end of the third grade. Previously, she was assistant to the president for domestic policy and directed the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, which is responsible for helping to shape, implement and articulate the president’s domestic policy agenda. She served as President Clinton’s chief policy advisor in the Arkansas Governor’s office for 10 years.

The event will celebrate the City of New Haven’s renewed commitment to its public library, which is celebrating its 110th anniversary, and the recent launch of America Reads at Timothy Dwight School – a collaboration among the New Haven Public Schools, the New Haven Free Public Library and Yale. Prior to her talk, Ms. Rasco will visit Timothy Dwight School to meet with Yale volunteers in the America Reads program.

Media Contact

Gila Reinstein: gila.reinstein@yale.edu, 203-432-1325