Glass and Knowlton elementary schools were each recently awarded $5,000 grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.
Glass Librarian Sherry Paul plans to use the grant money to enhance and replace her school’s “series books” collections. She says studies show that book series are especially good for reluctant readers because they catch students’ interests and keep them engaged in reading.
“Mrs. Bush is not only a former First Lady, but she’s also a former librarian and I’m thrilled that she continues to advocate for getting books into the hands of children at the school level,” says Paul. “My students are going to be so excited to have new books when they come back in the Fall. This grant will allow me to purchase new books and replace some older, worn-out books that have been popular selections for the students.”
Knowlton Librarian Kelly Torres plans to use the grant money to update and replace her school’s bilingual book selections. She will collaborate with the school’s bilingual teachers to select titles that will work in tandem with the curriculum, mostly picture books and early-level chapter books.
“At the younger ages especially, it’s important to instill a life-long love of reading and I’m thrilled we will be able to get new books into the hearts and minds of our young bilingual readers,” says Torres.
Both Torres and Paul hope the grant allows them to purchase several hundred books.
Through the years Northside libraries have received more than $50,000 in grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. In 2013, the Foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants to 212 schools nationwide.
For more information, go to www.laurabushfoundation.org/.