Sept. 18, 2013 — The Carter County Public Library has been awarded three separate grants to obtain new reading materials. The awards have a combined $3,300 value.
The first grant is a $2,000 Early Childhood Reading Grant sponsored by the Target retail chain. These grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations that support K-3 reading programs.
Target awards these grants annually as part of its effort to bring arts and cultural experiences to students, provide support for educational field trips and fund early childhood development programs.
The Libri Foundation, which is a nationwide non-profit organization that donates hardcover children's books to rural public libraries, provided 68 books to the Carter County Library – valued at $1,050.
The library also receive a Kentucky Bluegrass Award totaling $250 that will also be used to purchase 10 new books for the facility. These titles will target sixth through eighth grade students.
The Carter County Public Library was the only library in the state to receive funding for this specific student category.
“Receiving these grants will enable the library to continue providing quality books to our young readers. Educated and well-read children are the key to ensuring Carter County's future,” said library director Nellie Jordan.
Grants such as these are vital to the library's continued operation, as Carter County is one of the few counties remaining in Kentucky that doesn't fund its public library through local taxes.
Instead, the facility is funded through three separate $18,000 donations each year from the cities of Grayson and Olive Hill, as well as from the Fiscal Court.
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