State grants help libraries fill their shelves
branch manager, Parachute Branch Library
The Garfield County Public Library District was thrilled to receive a $12,848 grant this year from the Colorado State Library. The 2014 Colorado Legislature renewed the State Grants to Libraries Act, which allowed the Colorado State Library to distribute grants throughout Colorado based on county population.
Our libraries used last year’s grant to purchase early literacy materials. These funds enabled our youth services staff to purchase new materials for children such as Storytime kits and picture books. The Storytime kits include books and educational materials that our staff use in early literacy programs.
“The kits have given children in the library access to beloved classics and exciting new stories that might otherwise be checked out,” said Marie Proctor, youth services coordinator for the Parachute Branch Library. “And they love the puppets and props that support emergent literacy skills and give life to the tales.”
This year’s grant was used among the six branches to enhance their nonfiction, Spanish and audiobook collections. The “new books” shelves will be full for the next few months with much thanks to the Colorado State Legislature. “These funds have again come at an essential time for us,” said Executive Director Amelia Shelley, “and we are extremely grateful that the state Legislature is making these grants possible. Recent sales tax funds have hit our Library District hard, and this grant helps us purchase needed materials for our communities.”
Garfield County Libraries would like to thank the Colorado State Library and Colorado State Legislature for making this grant possible. We encourage everyone in Garfield County to stop by your local library and check out one of these — or any — of the books available. You can also browse the collection and download eBooks 24/7 by visiting our website, http://www.gcpld.org.
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