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St. Lucie Library Secures $3,000 Grant for Summer Reading Program

Post Date:01/29/2018 9:46 AM

St. Lucie County Library System was awarded the 2018 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant from The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC.)

This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development, targeted at children from birth to age 14. Programming that provides for the inclusion of children with physical and mental disabilities is encouraged. This $3,000 grant is made possible by Baker & Taylor, a leading distributor of books, videos, and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers.

The St. Lucie County Library System offers robust programming for youth during the school year, but limited funds have restricted the scope of summer programs. Library staff will use grant funds to include children, birth to age 5, in their Summer Reading Challenge and to pilot a weekly Summer Sensory Storytime for children with special needs.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth and demand for additional youth programs at all of our branch libraries, especially during the summer months,” said St. Lucie County Library Director Susan Jacob. “We are extremely gratefully for the additional funding to help expand our already growing programs.”

This summer, the library will add two new categories to their existing summer program, which currently serves children ages 5-17: “Baby and Me,” for children birth to 2 years old; and “Read to Me,” for those three to five years old. Incorporating the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme “Libraries Rock!,” the library will encourage children and families to participate in a number of age-appropriate early literacy activities. The weekly Sensory Storytime, which will pilot at the system’s newly opened Paula A. Lewis Branch Library, will feature a variety of sensory manipulatives, including previously owned items and new items purchased through the grant. Children will have opportunities to develop social and physical skills using items such as the balance beam, a sensory table, rain tubes and Hoberman spheres.

“The committee was very impressed by the library’s thoughtful response to the community’s demonstrated need,” said Hanna Lee, 2018 Grant Administration chair. “These initiatives will allow the library to truly serve all children from birth to 17 in a way that funding hasn’t allowed, up to now.”

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at www.ala.org/alsc.

For more information about St. Lucie County Library programs visit: http://library.stlucieco.gov

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