PPL Receives $10,000 Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award

Better World Books/NCFL Give $30,000 in Library Awards

Better World Books and the National center for Family Literacy (NCFL) today announced that Providence Public Library has earned one of three national awards fromt he annual Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award.

Source: National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)

Newswise — Better World Books and the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) announced that library programs in Columbus, Ohio; Providence, R.I., and Salinas, Calif., have won the annual Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award.

Each library program will receive a $10,000 award.

“These libraries provide a critical service for our communities and are passionate about the families they serve,” said John Ujda, vice president of marketing for Better World Books. “The grants will fund innovative programs that enable them to implement big ideas to promote family learning and help libraries spread the word about the important impact they have on families and communities.”

Providence, R.I.
The Providence Public Library’s Chace Children’s Discovery Library features hands-on activity centers focused on key elements of early childhood literacy development. The grant money will be used for critical outreach for the library to non-native English speakers by identifying, training and utilizing immigrant parents as guides for the hands-on activities. They also will recruit families to the library and support their ongoing use of the library. In addition, the trained guides will help develop an outreach plan to engage immigrant families, provide recruitment and outreach strategies for immigrant families, and serve as spokespeople for the library in their communities.

“Libraries provide families with important access to reading and other learning activities,” said Emily Kirkpatrick, NCFL vice president. “This award continues to promote, reward and expand the innovative programming that is fundamental to success for our families and communities.”

“This grant will help us promote a love of reading in young children and give parents the tools they need to help their children become successful readers,” said Karisa Tashjian, the literacy program coordinator for the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) at PPL. “With only 26 percent of Rhode Island’s fourth-grade English language learners proficient in reading on the state’s assessment in 2010, it is critical that immigrant families regularly visit the library. This outreach also will help reduce the language development differences between children from lower and higher income families that occur in infancy and widen during the toddler years, which leaves many children unprepared to enter kindergarten.”