The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014-2015 Elementary School Library Mini-Grants are now available. Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to purchase books to increase access for Idaho’s youngest students. Schools with developmental preschool programs on school grounds are ranked highest. Schools must allow children in the programs to check out more than one book from the school library to take home starting the first semester of school.
The amount of reading done in homes is the single most important factor in developing children’s literacy skills. This grant program has three primary goals:
1) Increase the amount of reading done in homes of children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and first grade.
2) Increase access to age-appropriate quality nonfiction and fiction titles in elementary school libraries.
3) Increase the number of children reading on grade level.
Funds from this program can be used to purchase books to help ensure that access to materials starts from the beginning of children’s schooling. State funding has been allocated through the legislative process through ICfL's Read to Me program to help increase access to print for Idaho’s youngest students. This is a great year to apply as the Idaho Legislature has appropriated an additional $100,000 for the mini-grants on a one-year basis – for a total allocation of $200,000 for the 2014-2015 school year.
More information about the grants, including lists of past recipients and hotlinks to the application in a Word format, can be found at http://libraries.idaho.gov/school-access-mini-grants.
Please contact Stephanie Bailey-White with any questions or for more information:
Stephanie Bailey-White, Projects Coordinator
Idaho Commission for Libraries
325 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702
208.639.4145 or 800.458.3271 (Idaho only)
Read to Me website: http://libraries.idaho.gov/readtome
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/readtomeidaho