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Summer Reading Program Grant Awarded to Springfield-Greene County Library

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$13,600 in the Missouri Secretary of State's Summer Library Program grants will go to the Springfield-Greene County Library District.  The grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Allison Eckhardt, manager of outreach services with the Springfield-Greene County Library, says the money will be used to hire additional staff for the Summer Reading To Go program.  She says the program allows kids at 80 sites in Greene County, including public schools Head Start programs, childcare sites and teen residential facilities, to be involved in the Library's summer reading program...

"We are able to offer story times and reading-related activities at the locations that the kids are at.  Staff have programs planned around our summer reading theme, and we provide programs for very young children at day cares as well as the partner sites for school age kids.  We also provide  summer reading program opportunities for middle school and high school age kids at our partner sites and also programs for adults at some of our residential sites such as the Salvation Army and the Missouri Hotel," she said.

Eckhardt says the grant money will allow the library to take the summer reading program to more kids who are unable to visit a library branch.  She hopes bringing the program to kids during the summer will help keep their reading skills sharp.

For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.