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Public Libraries – Apply Now for a Penny Severns Literacy Grant

January 14th, 2011

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library Literacy Office invite public libraries to apply for a FY11 Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant.

The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant Program consists of local projects throughout Illinois that provide activities to improve the basic reading, math, writing skills or English language proficiency of parents and children together during the summer months. Services include reading enrichment for both adults and children, literacy-based, interactive, parent-child activities and library activities for the families’ participation.  Projects also strengthen the ability of the parent to foster educational achievement and increase their ability to use the resources and services of the library.

Applying agencies must be Illinois public libraries and be recognized as a Full Member Library of their respective library system. Partner agencies may include libraries, volunteer tutoring organizations, community based organizations, community colleges, regional offices of education, schools, and immigrant organizations.

The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant Application is available online and is due Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 4 p.m. A Webinar grant information session was offered December 8, 2010, and can be viewed at the link provided above.  For more information, please contact Beth Paoli at 217-785-6923 or e-mail Beth at  bpaoli@ilsos.net.

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