2009 ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Grant winner named

Contact: Jenny Najduch

ALSC Marketing Specialist

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For Immediate Release

February 10, 2009

CHICAGO, Ill.—The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the Madison (Ohio) Public Library with the 2009 ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant. The $3,000 grant, donated by Book Wholesalers, Inc. (BWI), provides financial assistance to a public library for developing outstanding summer reading programs for children.

Madison Public Library’s 2009 summer reading program theme, “Be Creative @ Your Library,” introduces preschool children to music and motion activities while the school age children concentrate on art. During each week of this six-week program, children focus on a different artistic form such as patterns and percussion for the preschoolers and textiles and sculpture for the school-aged children.

“This summer’s theme is all about stretching children’s imaginations. This is a program of participation, not observation,” said Melanie Lyttle, Madison librarian. “By supplying children with gobs of glue and plenty of things that make loud noises, we are letting each child express himself his own way. The summer’s creativity will last beyond the library time.”

As with many other public libraries, the Madison Library sees an increase in the number of children they serve during the summer. The money awarded to the library will assure that all of the children that come to participate will be given an opportunity to express their creativity.

ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 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 Web site at

Members of the 2009 ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant include: Marilyn Zielinski, Toledo-Lucas (Ohio) Public Library; Tony Carmack, Ashburn (Va.) Library, Loudoun County Public Library; Holly Jin, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library; Laura Lutz, Queens (N.Y.) Library; April Mazza, Wayland (Mass.) Public Library; Linda Pavonetti, Oakland University, Dept. of Reading & Language Arts, Lake Orion, Mich.; Victor Schill, Harris County (Texas) Public Library; Margie Stern, Delaware County (Pa.) Library System; Ruth Toor, Editor, The School Librarian’s Workshop, Basking Ridge, N.J.