Keene Public Library receives ALSC/Book Wholesalers Summer Reading Program Grant

Contact:Meredith Parets


For Immediate Release

January 2002

Keene Public Library receives ALSC/Book Wholesalers Summer Reading Program Grant

The Keene (N.H.) Public Library is the 2002 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)/Book Wholesalers Summer Reading Program Grant. The award is presented by ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The $3,000 grant, donated by Book Wholesalers, Inc., provides financial assistance for public libraries to develop outstanding summer reading programs for children. The grant also recognizes ALSC members for outstanding program development.

ALSC member Gail Zachariah submitted the winning grant application. Featuring the theme "Go Wild! Read," the program is notable for its partnerships with other community organizations, including the local Housing Authority, Head Start Centers and a mental health agency, as well as for the library's commitment to outreach. The library will offer a "Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature" training program in order to teach childcare workers, social service caseworkers and families how to use books with children

Members of the 2002 ALSC/Book Wholesalers Summer Reading Program Grant selection committee are: Maralita L. Freeny, Chair, Prince George's County (Md.) Memorial Library System; Shonda Layne Brisco, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo (Calif.) City/County Library; Caroline Ward, Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.; Bettye Smith, District of Columbia Public Library; Kate Carter, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library; Meaghan Battle, Farmington (Mich.) Public Library; and Lynn Vanca, Akron-Summit County (Ohio) Public Library.