Chesterfield County Public Library awarded 2014 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

For Immediate Release
Fri, 01/17/2014


Caroline Jewell
Awards Coordinator
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Chesterfield (Va.) County Public Library.

This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development.  The program must be open to all children from birth to age 14. Programming that provides for inclusion of children with physical and mental disabilities is encouraged.  This $3,000 grant is made possible by Baker & Taylor, a leading distributor of books, videos and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers.

The Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) will use the grant funds for the program, PAWS TO READ. The program will feature a trained reading therapist, reading mentors and therapy dogs from Sprite’s Hero, Inc. and Caring Canines to work with children and teens in preventing summer reading loss. Registration will be open to all readers and those with special needs, and the library plans to donate meals to homeless animals at the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter in recognition of readers. The reading therapist will also provide training for CCPL staff to better assist parents and children in selecting books and reading materials.

 “The committee is extremely excited about this Summer Reading Program, which involves all readers in the community and includes those who need additional assistance to keep reading,” said Nancy Baumann, grant administration chair.  “PAWS TO READ keeps children reading over the summer in an innovative way, provides training for library staff, and promotes reading as a community service to assist homeless animals.”

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at

Members of the 2014 ALSC Grant Administration Committee include:  Nancy Baumann, chair, University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies; Sondra Sue Eklund, Fairfax County (Va.) Public Library; Jonathan Hunt, San Diego (Calif.) County Office of Education; Susan Poulter, Main Library Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library; Elizabeth Stalford, Bellevue (Wash.) Public Library; Julie Danielson, Deanna Mae Romriell, Salt Lake City (Utah) Public Library; Patty Saidenberg, New York, N.Y.; Destinee Sutton, Burien (Wash.) Library.

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