[Libs-Or] Library Awarded Grant to Enhance Storytimes ThroughoutOregon
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Fri Dec 2 13:57:14 PST 2005
Library Awarded Grant to Enhance Storytimes Throughout OregonThank you
Multnomah County Library for taking on this statewide effort. This is a
very exciting project to help libraries better help parents and caregivers.
I look forward to my staff participating in the training.
Leah M. Griffith
President, Oregon Library Association www.olaweb.org
Director, Newberg Public Library www.ci.newberg.or.us/library
503-537-1256 Fax 503-538-9720
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December 2, 2005
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Contact: Renea Arnold, Early Childhood Resources, 503.988.5458
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LIBRARY AWARDED GRANT TO ENHANCE STORYTIMES THROUGHOUT OREGON
There's good news for Oregon parents and children who love library
storytimes - soon, they'll be even better! Multnomah County Library has been
awarded a $29,540 grant to enhance statewide storytime training from the
federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library
Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.
The LSTA grant will fund the creation of a video that will train
Oregon librarians in creative ways to involve parents and caregivers in
their child's literacy development. Since research indicates that parents
are the best teachers when it comes to getting children ready to learn to
read, the project uses storytimes as a way to communicate with parents about
how to help their children succeed as readers and learners.
"We're very excited to receive this grant and to be able to
develop a new tool that can be used throughout the state to help young
children develop into strong and confident readers," said Director of
Libraries Molly Raphael. "Kids who read, succeed - in school and in life."
A national leader in early childhood literacy, Multnomah County
Library offers a variety of outreach programs that assist parents and
caregivers in nurturing learning in babies and toddlers. A key component of
these efforts is encouraging parents to read aloud to children long before
they reach kindergarten, when brain development is at its most critical
stage. Easy tips for parents on how to incorporate books and reading into a
young child's life can be found on the library's Early Childhood Resources
Web pages at www.multcolib.org/birthtosix.
The grant is from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services
through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon
State Library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services provides funds
to state libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act of 1996,
using a population-based formula. For more information about the federal
IMLS/LSTA grants, please visit the IMLS Web site at www.imls.gov or contact
the Oregon State Library.
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Multnomah County Library Public Relations
205 NE Russell St., Portland, OR 97212
503.988.6128 shannonl at multcolib.org
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