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Aug. 11, 2017
 

Chandler Public Library awarded prestigious LSTA grant to promote early literacy programs
 
A $15,000 federal grant through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is helping the Chandler Public Library present a series of programs aimed at giving parents and caregivers the tools they need to help get their preschool-age children ready to start school.
 
“Ready, Set, Kindergarten!” is a 7-week school readiness program for 4 and 5 year olds preparing to enter kindergarten. Each week is themed and includes stories, songs and activities that both parents (or caregivers) and children participate in. In this setting, parents will have the unique opportunity to observe as their child completes fine and gross motor skills, social, emotional and academic skills. They can then continue this practice at home
 
Read On Chandler“The Chandler Public Library is committed to supporting early literacy efforts and this grant will help us impact more children in our community,” said Library Manager Dan Lee. “We work closely with groups like ReadOn Chandler to provide literacy tips through our storytime programs and tutoring to first graders, as well.”
 
Parents can register their 4- or 5-year-old child for the program by visiting any Chandler Library or online at chandlerlibrary.org. Classes will be held at all four locations and in community locations where there is a higher need. Each class accommodates 15 children.
 
The grant was presented by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Service. Grant funds will be used to purchase classroom teaching tools and books that support the learning of letters, numbers and basic concepts identified by literacy experts at the Chandler Unified School District.
 
In 2017, the Arizona State Library received about $3.2 million under the LSTA, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Libraries throughout the State received $800,000 awarded on a competitive basis. The remaining funds are used to support statewide services, including family literacy and reading programs, electronic databases, digital government initiatives, continuing education classes, and other programs.
 
“Libraries are community centers that address diverse needs, including employment and economic development, civic engagement, and human services,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan whose office oversees the State Library. “It is an honor to assist libraries to transform to meet the needs of the community.”
 
To learn more about Chandler Public Library resources and programs, go to chandlerlibrary.org.