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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15, 1997

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Jackson
402-471-4006, 800-307-2665

Children's Grants Awarded

The Nebraska Library Commission awarded 1997 Children's Grants for Excellence this Summer. Of the grants awarded, three addressed President Bill Clinton's America Reads challenge. Vicki Perrie, Superior Public Library, was awarded $1,749 for outreach programs to local daycare centers, including training for parents and day care staff. Linda Leader, Niobrara Public Library plans to use $650 for outreach to new parents, with continuous follow-up. LaVista Public Library, under the direction of Sharon McAnulty, will develop transportation to bring at-risk children to the library where volunteers will read to them weekly.

Two libraries received funding to implement the Library Commission's Guidelines for Youth Services. Carol Mintzmyer, Ceresco Public Library, received $3,000 to upgrade the children's book collection, concentrating on pre-school level books and outreach local day-care centers. Imogene Horse, Chadron Public Library, received $575 for a program integrating art and literature to expand beginning readers' allusionary base (the mind's eye).

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Lincoln, NE 68508-2023


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