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 Grant Gives Libraries Summer Hours

 By Katie Clontz, Staff Writer

July 9, 2008 - This year, the Indiana State Library received 41 applications for the Library Services and Technology Act grant program. Out of the applications, 25 libraries received funds totaling $155,000.

The Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation received an $8,000 grant for its 2008 CAB Library Project, which will enable Kennard, Carthage and Knightstown elementary schools to have summer library hours through the month of July.

According to Bruce Sowers, director of technology for CAB, the grant will help the schools purchase laptop PCs and update the library catalog software. Some of the funds will be used to pay media center personnel, but there are certain restrictions when it comes to staffing, such as those working must be non-salary employees who will be paid to volunteer their time.

Carthage Elementary will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Knightstown Elementary will be open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Kennard Elementary will be open Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

During the summer hours, students can checkout books, participate in various activities, and take quizzes over books read, Sowers said.

According to Kennard and Carthage Elementary School Principal Shirley Heck, the tests students take over books they read is part of a program called Scholastic Reading Counts, which helps gauge comprehension.

The schools wanted to encourage summer reading because students will take a test in the fall to assess their reading level. Results of the tests will help pair students with books in the appropriate reading levels, Heck said.

Both Sowers and Heck said that one main reason for the summer library hours is the fact that the town of Kennard doesn’t have an actual library, just a book mobile.

According to Sowers, summer reading programs in the past have been successful and the community seemed to appreciate them. One goal for this year is to give kids a reading experience they normally wouldn’t have in the summer.

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library also received an $8,000 grant for its Local Newspaper Vital Information Index, which will pay staff to index the local newspaper.

 

 Library Hours

Carthage Elementary: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Knightstown Elementary: Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kennard Elementary: Tuesday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

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