The State Library of Kansas (SLK) has awarded grants to 124 Kansas public libraries to help fund the purchase of one AWE Early Literacy Station (an all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8) in each recipient’s library.
In September of 2013, SLK made available a non-competitive grant for Kansas public libraries interested in AWE Early Literacy Stations. Libraries serving a population less than 10,000 paid $500 towards a machine and libraries serving a population over 10,000 paid $1,000 towards a machine. In total, SLK helped purchase 124 AWE Early Literacy Stations throughout Kansas.
The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer, with 60 pre-loaded educational software programs, and does not require an Internet connection to operate. The material spans all curriculum areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, art and music.
“Ensuring reading readiness and on-grade achievement for Kansas’ youngest residents is one of the State Library’s top priorities,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “Placing these stations in public libraries will help young readers learn and practice the skills they need to be ready for school—and they’re having fun!”
Part of the SLK’s mission is to promote and support early childhood literacy programs and practices in libraries across the state. Early childhood literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write. SLK supports these efforts through statewide programing, supplemental funding, grants, training sessions, online resources, and circulation of materials.
The grant recipients are:
Arma City LibraryAshland City LibraryAtchison Public LibraryAugusta Public LibraryBaldwin City LibraryBasehor Community LibraryBeck Bookman LibraryBelleville Public LibraryBern Community LibraryBird City Public LibraryBonner Springs City LibraryBucklin Public LibraryCarbondale City LibraryCedar Vale Memorial LibraryCheney Public LibraryChetopa City LibraryCimarron City LibraryClearwater Public LibraryCopeland Public LibraryCouncil Grove Public LibraryDelphos Public LibraryDerby Public LibraryDixon Township LibraryDorothy Bramlage Public LibraryDudley Township Public LibraryEllinwood Community LibraryEnsign Public LibraryErie City Public LibraryEudora Public LibraryEureka Public LibraryFowler Public LibraryGirard Public LibraryGoodland Public LibraryGrainfield Public LibraryGrant County LibraryGreat Bend Public LibraryGreeley County LibraryHamilton County LibraryHaysville Community LibraryHillsboro Public LibraryHoward City Library Independence Public LibraryIndependent Township Library Ingalls Public LibraryInman Public LibraryIola Public LibraryJamestown City LibraryJetmore Public LibraryJordaan Memorial LibraryKansas City Kansas Public LibraryKinsley Public LibraryKismet Public LibraryLane County LibraryLawrence Public LibraryLeavenworth Public LibraryLiberal Memorial LibraryLibrary District #2 of Linn CountyLinn County Library District #1Logan LibraryLong Island Public LibraryLongton LibraryLouisburg Library Dist 1Lyons Public LibraryMacksville City LibraryMary Cotton Public LibraryMarysville Public LibraryMcCune Osage Township LibraryMeade Public LibraryMeadowlark LibraryMeriden-Ozawkie Public LibraryMinneapolis Public LibraryMinneola City LibraryMoline Public LibraryMontezuma Township LibraryMorrill Public LibraryMorton County LibraryMoundridge Public LibraryMulvane Public LibraryNess City Public LibraryNewton Public LibraryNorton Public LibraryOakley Public LibraryOsage City Public Library Osawatomie Public LibraryOsborne Public Library Oskaloosa Public LibraryOttawa LibraryOverbrook Public LibraryOxford Public LibraryPaola Free LibraryPark City Public LibraryParsons Public LibraryPlains CommunityPleasanton Lincoln LibraryPort LibraryRansom Public LibraryRolla Branch Morton County LibraryRussell Public LibrarySalina Public LibrarySavonburg Public LibrarySelden Public LibrarySeneca Free LibrarySharon Springs Public LibrarySilver Lake Public LibrarySmith Center Public LibraryStanton County Public LibrarySterling Free Public LibraryStevens County LibraryThayer Friday Reading Club City LibraryTopeka & Shawnee County Public LibraryTowanda Public LibraryValley Center Public LibraryVermillion Public LibraryWA Rankin Mem LibraryWaKeeney Public LibraryWamego Public LibraryWashington Public LibraryWellington Public LibraryWetmore Public LibraryWichita County LibraryWichita Public LibraryWinchester Public LibraryWinfield Public LibraryYates Center Public Library
This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The IMLS mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The IMLS grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.