Chicago Heights Public Library receives 2022 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Fellowship
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2022 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Chicago Heights Public Library in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance, while recognizing ALSC members for developing outstanding programs. The program must be open to all children from birth to 14 years old. The grant encourages summer programs that provide for the inclusion of children with physical and mental disabilities. This $3,000 grant is made possible by Baker & Taylor, a leading distributor of books, videos and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers.
The Chicago Heights Public Library serves a population of over 27,000 people, the majority of whom identify as Black or Latino. According to the Illinois Report Card, 99% of students in Chicago Heights District 170 are considered low-income and 32% are English language learners.
Funding from the Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Bursary will allow the library to offer daily programming that reflects a traditional summer camp. The program will provide families with free opportunities to encourage the learning process to continue throughout the summer months. Whether children and parents attend “camp” for a day, a week or more, children will have first-rate opportunities to learn and expand their horizons. Children will discover the natural environment while having fun.
“The committee was impressed with the breadth and depth of the summer camp-style program,” said Erin Lovelace and Stephie Luyt, co-chairs of the 2021-2022 Programs and Services Recognition Committee. “Families and children will have many opportunities for learning and enrichment throughout Funding from this grant will allow the library to have more programs for underserved children and will support families’ continued engagement with library and literacy programs.
“We are thrilled to sponsor the Chicago Heights Public Library‘s Summer Reading Initiative through our grants program, in partnership with the ALSC. said Bobbie Bensur, Director of Children and Youth Services at Baker & Taylor. , their agility and creativity in serving their communities during this difficult time.”
This grant is sponsored by Baker & Taylor, a leading provider of books, digital content, and technology solutions that helps public libraries improve community outcomes through literacy and learning. Learn more about their summer reading program for kids and teens here.
The ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to supporting and improving library services for children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and teens’ librarians, literature experts, publishers and education teachers, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about the ALSC, visit the ALSC website at www.ala.org/alsc.