Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Literacy Access Fund Announces 2019 Grant Award to the Columbia Public Library

Literacy Access Fund, a 501(c)(3), public charity, has announced a grant award of $3,500 to the Columbia Public Library. 

Literacy Access Fund secures funding 
from corporate, foundation, and individual partners in order to provide financial support to underfunded public libraries through a competitive granting process. The goal of the organization is to help libraries provide equal access to quality resources for young learners, regardless of economic factors.

The award was made possible through partnership funding from the Dawn Foods Foundation in Jackson, Michigan. The grant will help fund the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology for young children, and other library resources.

Brenda Paxson, President of the Columbia Public Library's Board of Directors, noted the Board's gratitude to Literacy Access Fund for the award: "Our board is very thankful for the Literacy Access Fund's gift. This grant will enable our youngest learners to have access to technology and STEM skill development resources. We expect to see many exciting experiences with our new software and STEM manipulatives."

"We are so grateful for this funding," said Lisa Greybill, Library Administrator. "We have built a nice attendance group for our Pre-School Pals programming, and I can foresee introducing the digital technology 
to this group. Once the children enjoy these added STEM-aligned activities, I will be branching out further by taking our portable STEM kits onsite to our local preschools as a supplement to my storytelling visits."

Deborah B. Sorgi, Ed.D., Chair, Director & President of Literacy Access Fund, shared her thoughts. "Literacy Access Fund is pleased to support the Columbia Public Library's efforts to add a diverse set of STEM-related skills for children, especially pre-schoolers. Ms. Greybill's efforts to include coding into the library's digital offerings will help them break big problems into smaller steps and persevere in problem solving." 

Dr. Sorgi also noted, "We continue to identify and support deserving public libraries to help their littlest members read and succeed in school and life."

For more information about Literacy Access Fund, visit http://www.literacyaccessfund.org/ or call 610-833-6411.

About the Columbia Public Library:
The Columbia Public Library is a dynamic portal to reading enjoyment, lifelong learning, and services that foster the well-being of our community. Governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, the library provides residents with material resources, programming, educational opportunities, and technology access and assistance. 
"We invite our community to find what new worlds await for them."

About Literacy Access Fund
The mission of Literacy Access Fund is to make literacy a possibility for every child, in every community. The organization supports the public library as a community learning hub and a vital extension of the classroom and awards grants to underfunded public libraries to increase equal access to early literacy skills for young learners. Literacy Access Fund is headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania, with the ability to support public 
libraries across the United States.

[Source: Press release]

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