“The board and staff of the library are thrilled to have been awarded this grant and the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” said Bobbi Truesdell, library director. This grant allows us to purchase a new Kids Education Station to be used in our Children’s Room, something we would not be able to afford without the grant.”
The Schoolcraft Community Library provides services to all ages, but has several programs geared specifically toward building literacy skills in children. The library offers a TOT Time program for children ages 18-36 months and a Preschool Story hour for children ages 3-5 years.
In these programs, children are introduced to many forms of literature including board books, picture books, flannelgraph stories, big books, poetry and Clothesline stories. For the older children in grades 4-6, a Battle of the Books program is offered. Here children are introduced to many different genres and the program itself fosters many skills such as memorization, comprehension, team building etc.
For the summer, the library hosts a summer reading program for all ages with reading clubs to keep kids reading, as well as many programs to keep kids engaged in active learning.
“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we are in,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO.“It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.