CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY (6/11/12) – The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries has announced that 238 school libraries are being awarded $1,126,315 in grants for 2012. The schools receive grants of up to $5,000 to expand, update and diversify their library book collections.
Included in this year’s awards is the library at East Calloway Elementary which received $2,800 to fill in some gaps on the bookshelves. Ashli Gore, librarian and media specialist at East, requested help in adding books to the Dewey Decimal Classification System 200’s: Religions and Mythology, 400’s: Languages and Grammar, 600’s: Applied Sciences, and the 900’s: Geography and History.
“Students have a great interest in Mythology with popular children’s series such as Percy Jackson in The Lightning Thief”, Gore explained. “There is also excitement about books that can teach other languages and information on countries around the world, historical events, and famous people. The Applied Sciences section can even contain kid-friendly cookbooks.” East Calloway Elementary was one of only ten Kentucky schools to receive a Laura Bush Foundation Grant for 2012.
Partnering this year with the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries was the Target Corporation. Through their programs like Take Charge of Education and Target School Library Makeovers, Target donates a significant portion of their giving towards educational causes with a focus on helping students achieve reading proficiency.
The grant application process is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region with guidance from The Laura Bush Foundation’s Advisory Committee. The grants are funded through generous donations to the endowment from individuals, corporations and foundations.
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries was founded in 2002 as a fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Since its inception, the Laura Bush Foundation has awarded more than $9.5 million to schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. In addition to these yearly grants, the Foundation has also awarded more than $6.3 million to school libraries in the Gulf Coast region to rebuild their library book collections that were lost or destroyed by hurricanes or storms.
The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to support the education of our nation’s children by providing funds to update, extend and diversify the book and print collections of America’s school libraries. Further information is available at www.laurabushfoundation.org.
Information provided by David Dowdy
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