Foun­da­tion for KCPL receives a grant from PNC

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Foun­da­tion for the Kent County Pub­lic Li­brary has been awarded a $5,962 grant from the PNC Foun­da­tion to con­tinue its Early Lit­er­acy ini­tia­tive that fo­cuses on im­prov­ing school readi­ness.

PNC pro­vided the fund­ing in sup­port of Grow Up Great, its bilin­gual pro­gram in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion.

“Sum­mer Read­ers Thrive” will be the theme for the 2017 Kent County Pub­lic Li­brary Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram with spe­cial fo­cus on the youngest read­ers.

KCPL is look­ing for­ward to reach­ing even more chil­dren in the com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing ad- di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for sum­mer read­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion, to pre­pare chil­dren for school, foster their love of read­ing and ex­cite them about the li­brary and all it has to of­fer.

There also will be early lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion work­shops for par­ents, child care providers and ed­u­ca­tors to pro­vide them with the nec­es­sary re­sources and sup­port for early learn­ing. The grant will en­able the li­brary to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove school readi­ness in Kent County Mary­land.

“Thanks to the PNC Grow Up Great Grant, KCPL’s ex­cep­tional Chil­dren’s De­part­ment will con­tinue to be an in­te­gral part of an early ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive,” said Jackie Adams, li­brary di­rec­tor. “The li­brary’s goal is to foster and sup­port on­go­ing in­ter­ac­tion for chil­dren with read­ing ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the sum­mer and en­cour­age fam­i­lies and care­givers to pro­mote read­ing through­out the year.”

The grant from the PNC Foun­da­tion, which receives its prin­ci­pal fund­ing from the PNC Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Group Inc., will KCPL to en­gage pro­fes­sional child­care pre­sen­ters and fund the pur­chase of ed­u­ca­tional sup­plies to sup­port these pro­grams and pro­vide core knowl­edge train­ing and readi­ness skills for early care providers and par­ents to earn Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Units.

“PNC is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing fam­i­lies with the tools and re­sources to help chil­dren be suc­cess­ful in kin­der­garten and life,” said Chick Hamm, PNC ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and mar­ket ex­ec­u­tive in greater Mary­land. “We are thrilled to ex­pand our sup­port of the Kent County Pub­lic Li­brary Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram as it con­tin­ues to serve a crit­i­cal com­mu­nity need — help­ing more Kent County chil­dren ar­rive at kin­der­garten with es­sen­tial skills and ready to learn.”

In 2016, nearly 5,600 com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tended chil­dren’s li- brary pro­grams of­fered through­out the year, in­clud­ing weekly story times and other cul­tur­ally en­rich­ing pro­grams.

The li­brary has early lit­er­acy com­put­ers in all the branches, and it has been able to pro­vide take home learn­ing back­packs with books, puz­zles, games and pup­pets which sup­port all ar­eas of the Mary­land Model for School Readi­ness.

The PNC Foun­da­tion, which receives its prin­ci­pal fund­ing from the PNC Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Group Inc., ac­tively sup­ports or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide ser­vices for the ben­e­fit of com­mu­ni­ties in which it has a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence.

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