Posted on: November 7, 2013

124 computer workstations for children now in Kansas public libraries


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 Library
Ashland City Library
Atchison Public Library
Augusta Public Library
Baldwin City Library
Basehor Community Library
Beck Bookman Library
Belleville Public Library
Bern Community Library
Bird City Public Library
Bonner Springs City Library
Bucklin Public Library
Carbondale City Library
Cedar Vale Memorial Library
Cheney Public Library
Chetopa City Library
Cimarron City Library
Clearwater Public Library
Copeland Public Library
Council Grove Public Library
Delphos Public Library
Derby Public Library
Dixon Township Library
Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Dudley Township Public Library
Ellinwood Community Library
Ensign Public Library
Erie City Public Library
Eudora Public Library
Eureka Public Library
Fowler Public Library
Girard Public Library
Goodland Public Library
Grainfield Public Library
Grant County Library
Great Bend Public Library
Greeley County Library
Hamilton County Library
Haysville Community Library
Hillsboro Public Library
Howard City Library Independence Public Library
Independent Township Library
Ingalls Public Library
Inman Public Library
Iola Public Library
Jamestown City Library
Jetmore Public Library
Jordaan Memorial Library
Kansas City Kansas Public Library
Kinsley Public Library
Kismet Public Library
Lane County Library
Lawrence Public Library
Leavenworth Public Library
Liberal Memorial Library
Library District #2 of Linn County
Linn County Library District #1
Logan Library
Long Island Public Library
Longton Library
Louisburg Library Dist 1
Lyons Public Library
Macksville City Library
Mary Cotton Public Library
Marysville Public Library
McCune Osage Township Library
Meade Public Library
Meadowlark Library
Meriden-Ozawkie Public Library
Minneapolis Public Library
Minneola City Library
Moline Public Library
Montezuma Township Library
Morrill Public Library
Morton County Library
Moundridge Public Library
Mulvane Public Library
Ness City Public Library
Newton Public Library
Norton Public Library
Oakley Public Library
Osage City Public Library Osawatomie Public Library
Osborne Public Library
Oskaloosa Public Library
Ottawa Library
Overbrook Public Library
Oxford Public Library
Paola Free Library
Park City Public Library
Parsons Public Library
Plains Community
Pleasanton Lincoln Library
Port Library
Ransom Public Library
Rolla Branch Morton County Library
Russell Public Library
Salina Public Library
Savonburg Public Library
Selden Public Library
Seneca Free Library
Sharon Springs Public Library
Silver Lake Public Library
Smith Center Public Library
Stanton County Public Library
Sterling Free Public Library
Stevens County Library
Thayer Friday Reading Club City Library
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Towanda Public Library
Valley Center Public Library
Vermillion Public Library
WA Rankin Mem Library
WaKeeney Public Library
Wamego Public Library
Washington Public Library
Wellington Public Library
Wetmore Public Library
Wichita County Library
Wichita Public Library
Winchester Public Library
Winfield Public Library
Yates 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.

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