Canby Public Library has received a $3,689 grant to improve public library services to children. The Ready to Read grant will fund the 2014 Summer Reading Program. This year’s statewide theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and will include performers, crafts and activities that encourage children of all ages to love reading.

The Ready to Read Grant was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1993 to assist local libraries in helping to achieve the Oregon benchmarks for childhood learning and development.

This annual grant, funded by the state’s general fund, is administered by the State Library. Oregon libraries may use these funds for the statewide summer reading program for children ages 0-14 and early literacy services for children ages 0-6.

The impact of the Ready to Read grant program is measured annually by the percentage of libraries adopting “best practices” in their services to children.

The State Library has identified three best practices in youth services at public libraries: summer reading programs, training for parents and childcare providers in research-based early literacy curriculums, and outreach to children and teens who face barriers getting to the library.

“We are at a pivotal moment in Oregon history as we move forward in implementing the Governor’s education agenda,” said State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen. “The Ready to Read Grant program administered by the Oregon State Library has provided funding for 20 years so local libraries can work with other organizations to help every Oregon child be ready to start school and retain their reading skills over the summer.

Using their Ready to Read Grant funds, public libraries in Oregon will continue their good work of providing early literacy opportunities and summer reading programs for Oregon’s children.”

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