[Reading-For-Healthy-Families] Transportation/Outreach Voucher ideas

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Thu Jan 28 16:01:43 PST 2010

Hello!  We just received a great question about allowable use of the $200 Transportation/Outreach Vouchers. I thought the rest of you may really like some of the ideas that came out in the process of answering it.

Question: We wanted to clarify with you to make sure we can use RFHF funds to pay for families' overdue fines which would enable them to, once again, check out books/materials. Was this correct? 

Short answer: Yes, this would be a great use of funds because it significantly reduces a barrier to library use. 
The long answer is take one more step: However, we recommend the family have some small early literacy goal or assignment they have to accomplish to earn this privilege.  Here are a few examples:
1) A family has to read to their baby 15 minutes a day, 4 times during one week to "pay off" their library fines 
2) A family has to attend 1 storytime at the library to "pay off" their library fines
3) A family has to do 3 of the point-of-contact activities in one week to "pay off" their fines
Hopefully this helps you start thinking about new ideas for using your program's $200 to help connect Healthy Start families with the library.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
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