"This grant program allows public libraries to partner with community organizations to reach the most under-served citizens in our State, " said Secretary Harris. "By reaching out to these families we can help end the debilitating cycle of illiteracy."
The Monroe County Public Library System received the grant for a project called the Southernmost Family Literacy Initiative. This library-based literacy program will provide families with books for a home library, introduce them to library resources for life skills, and encourage them to continue their studies. The library has partnered with health and educational outreach agencies that will recruit at-risk families to participate in this project. While the health and parenting needs are being identified and addressed by these agencies, the library will introduce a literacy and library resource component in their curriculum.
Monroe County's project was one of twelve selected through competitive grant applications. For more information on this program please contact Anne Layton Rice, Library Administrator at 305-292-3594.