Our library was a recipient of a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten LSTA grant, through Northern Waters Library Service. As part of the grant's requirements, we planned a Book Fair and 1000 Books
|If You Feed Them, They Will Come|
Our committee feels strongly that we need to get books into the hands of our local children. We have devised several ways to achieve this. Connections, our local food pantry, lets us give children's books to the children that are present at food giveaways. The Friends of the Library donated money to buy books to give to children in the community who don't use the library. This was our second year of presenting a storytime at the Burnett County Fair and this year we gave a book to each child that attended our storytime in the 4H building (39 books were given away.)
|1000 Books Before Kindergarten Materials|
I applied for an early literacy grant from LSTA. Our target population is children in the Webster Elementary School and in Mina Copeland Head Start who are also enrolled in the Happy Kids Backpack Program. The children participating in this backpack program receive a backpack filled with food to take home every weekend during the school year We plan to include a book along with the food they receive so they will have access to books at home. By partnering with the Happy Kids Backpack Program, we will be reaching another special population who will benefit from the library's influence in their lives.Sometime this fall we are hoping to start a Read to a Dog program. We have the OK from the village and received our library board approval this month.
October 8 is the date for the dedication of memorial wall hanging "Remembering Charlotte" in the Children's Room. The Friends of the Library commissioned Carole Fure to design and create a quilt to remember Charlotte by. It is the hope of our committee that giving books to children will spark an interest in reading, and help them to prepare for entrance into kindergarten. We also hope that they and their families will begin to patronize the library and use our resources to help them all grow in literacy.
Patti Meyer, Library Director,
Larsen Family Public Library, Webster, Wisconsin
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