Winner of 2006 Loleta D. Fyan Grant announced

Contact: Denise Davis

Office for Research and Statistics

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2006

Winner of 2006 Loleta D. Fyan Grant announced

CHICAGO — Kent District Library in Comstock Park, Mich. has been awarded the 2006 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for a proposal entitled “Early Literacy Center.” The library will explore how public libraries can foster early literacy by creating playful, interactive, and educational library environments for young children and their families.

The proposed focus will be on the transformation of a typical public library children’s area into one that uses furnishings, displays, activity stations and signage specifically designed to promote early literacy skills.

"The committee of five voted independently and the Kent District Library received four of the highest weighted votes and one vote of the second highest weight,” said James Stewart, chair of the Fyan Grant jury. “No other application received more than one of the highest weighted votes."

This $10,000 grant, given annually on a competitive basis, is named for Loleta D. Fyan, an ALA past-president (1951–52), who provided funds for the American Library Association (ALA) in her will. The grant supports a project that will develop and/or improve public library services, will effect changes that are innovative and responsive to the future, and has potential for broader impact and application beyond a specific local need. Applicants can include, but are not limited to, local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including ALA units, library schools or individuals. For guidelines and a list of previous winners see: