Library Gets Grant for Kindergarten Readiness Programs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County has been awarded a $16,500 grant from the State Library of Ohio and Institute of Museum and Library Services to support a kindergarten readiness training program for librarians.

The grant also funds the purchase of 62 early-learning backpacks for families to borrow. The backpacks include books, toys and an activity guide chosen to provide parents with tools to develop their children’s skills.

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said the institute’s director, Kathryn K. Matthew, in a release. “[The Institute of Museum and Library Services] is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

Youngstown librarians will participate in day-long workshops in April, May and August that will educate them on the five domains of early learning: social and emotional development, approaches toward learning, cognition and general knowledge, language and literacy, and physical well-being. What they learn will then be implemented in both library programs and community partnerships.

“Research tells us again and again that early learning is a key component in giving children their best start,” said Erin Phemester, programming and youth services director at the Public Library. “We are thrilled to help our community through these trainings and early learning backpacks.”

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