Saturday, October 29, 2011

NYS Library Family Literacy Library Services Grant Awards Announced

From New York's Libraries Information Network:

Family literacy library services will be expanded or newly offered through 91 public libraries, library branches and public library systems with the help of grants from the New York State Library, Deputy Commissioner for the State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education, Jeffrey Cannell announced. The projects total $234,745 in the first year and are beginning now or in some cases have begun already.

"New York State’s Family Literacy Library Services grants enable public libraries and public library systems to develop or expand their services to parents, caregivers and children," said Mr. Cannell. "Libraries will partner with schools and other community agencies to help parents provide early literacy experiences and activities that are crucial for children’s success in school and beyond."

Locally, $39,547 was awarded to Comics Connect: Using Graphic Novels to Boost Literacy. Eight libraries in the Mohawk Valley Library System and 13 libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System will collaborate with local schools and parent organizations. Graphic novels will be used with boys in grades 3-6 to build heightened interest in reading. The project will also increase library use and inform parents and educators about graphic literature through workshops, library programs, expanded collections and classroom kits.

More information on the NYS Family Literacy Library Services Program.
Contact Cassandra Artale, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library / Division of Library Development,

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