Santa Clara (Calif.) City Library receives ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper
ALSC Program Officer
For Immediate Release
February 13, 2007

Santa Clara (Calif.) City Library receives ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce that Santa Clara (Calif.) City Library is the 2007 recipient of the ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant. The $3,000 grant, donated by BWI, provides financial assistance for public libraries to develop outstanding summer reading programs for children. The grant also recognizes ALSC members for outstanding program development.

Santa Clara City Library's summer reading club theme this year is "Get a Clue @ Your Library" and the library plans to make specific efforts to promote the club to children who are part of Santa Clara County's Vision Impaired Program. The library will provide the necessary materials and technology that will allow for these children to participate fully in the program. Programs will highlight the “Get a Clue” theme and will include events such as a visit from an organization like Guide Dogs for the Blind. This type of opportunity will help teach children in the community about visual impairment, as well as show them how they can make a difference by helping this, or a similar, organization. Sighted children also will gain an understanding and appreciation of those with visual disabilities. Children in the Vision Impaired Program will feel encouraged to participate and be represented in their community’s events.

“Santa Clara City Library’s innovative proposal encourages and empowers visually-impaired students to participate fully in the library’s summer reading program,” said Mary Voors, chair of the ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant Selection Committee. “There were many excellent grant applicants, but Santa Clara City Library’s commitment to all youth, and its innovative outreach to visually-impaired students, will not only promote summer reading, but also bring attention to those with special needs.”

Members of the 2007 ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant Selection Committee were: Mary Voors, chair, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Jerene D. Battisti, Renton (Wash.) Public Library; Alison Grant, Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School, Las Vegas,: Jean Hatfield, Wichita (Kan.) Public Library; Anne Elisabeth Robert, Jacksonville (Fla.) Public Library; Victor Lynn Schill, Fairbanks Branch, Harris County Public Library, Houston; Margie Stern, Delaware County Library System, Media, Pa.; Ruth Toor, Basking Ridge, NJ; and Marilyn L. Zielinski, Toledo-Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library.