For immediate release | February 28, 2012

Wichita Falls PL awarded 2012 BWI Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2012 ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant to the Wichita Falls (Texas) 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 BWI, a leading provider of children’s and young adult books and audiovisual materials to public libraries.
The Wichita Falls Public Library, located in downtown Wichita Falls, serves more than 44,000 residents. Its programming is very popular, drawing anywhere between 200 and 700 attendees for a summer program featuring a musician and close to 1,000 participants for the reading portion of the summer program. With most of its previous funding having been eliminated, the Wichita Public Library will use the grant funds to provide a summer reading program for ages 18 and younger, families and the hearing-impaired.
With the theme, “Get a Clue….at Your Library”, programming will feature a mystery format. A few of the highlights are a family murder mystery night, two programs for teens and tweens that features forensics, and a scavenger hunt and spy camp for youth. Wichita Falls Police Department will be involved with fingerprinting and DNA. The department’s crime scene van will be available for a tour.
“The committee was very excited about the creative programming for all ages,” said Nancy Baumann, grant administration chair. “To provide programming which appeals to such a diverse group is a challenge, and this summer reading program accomplishes that.”
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 2012 ALSC Grant Administration Committee include: Nancy Baumann, chair, University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies; Melanie Lyttle, Madison (Ohio) Public Library; Krista Britton, Prince William (Va.) Schools; Lori Hancock, The Lexington School, Ky.; Amy Koester, St. Charles City-County Library District, Mo; Katherine Tekakwitha McCabe, Briarcliff Middle School, N.Y.; Kristine Springer, St. Joseph County (Ind.) Public Library; Tracy-Lyn Van Dyne, Brentwood (N.Y.) Public Library; Vera Wexler, Greenwich Education Group; and Ursula Jacobs-Guidry, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, N.C.
BWI is a part of the Follett Corporation, a $2.7 billion, privately held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873, and is headquartered in River Grove, Illinois.


Dan Rude