Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Library Receives Funding to Address Family Well-Being and Foster Early Literacy

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has received grants from the State Library of North Carolina and the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County.
          The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library will position the library as a center for lifelong learning where families can improve their general knowledge of health and take practical steps in managing their well-being. The $35,813 grant will fund “Health Happens @ Your Library,” a comprehensive initiative that includes programs for all ages, health-related exhibitions, collection development, digital displays and themed story time kits.
          The Women’s Giving Circle grant of $8,625 supplements the library’s Raising A Reader (RAR) program and will provide 69 digital and print books with headphones to children at designated child care centers. The centers provide care for children who will attend elementary schools where students are not reading at the expected grade level by the end of third grade. Raising A Reader is a national program that engages caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight and fosters healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading and the literacy skills critical for school success. RAR is funded through the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County.

The LSTA grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) seeks to build and encourage philanthropy in women, engage all generations, and encourage women to be more intentional with their giving.  The WGC and its projects focus on women and children in Cumberland County and is administered through the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

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