New grants received in support of adult and family literacy!

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February 20, 2019

Salinas Public Library is very pleased to announce the receipt of two new grants in support of adult and family literacy totaling $158,382.

On January 18, 2019 the Salinas Public Library’s Literacy Services was notified by the California State Library Literacy Services (CLLS) of approval of a FY18/19 award of $78,382 to support ongoing adult and family literacy programs. The Library was also notified of receiving $80,000 in additional funds for Family Literacy programming.

Funding from CLLS allows the library to offer individualized and small group tutoring for adults wanting to learn how to read, to learn basic computer and workforce readiness skills, and to prepare for the High School Equivalency examination. The program also supports family literacy skills, including bilingual story times, and provides free books to help families build home libraries. Adult learners are also referred to other library programs as applicable, including storytimes, play groups, and Raising a Reader.

The additional funding of $80,000 will be used to support family literacy services and expand programs for low-literate adults and their families, as well as strengthen the Library’s collaborations with other agencies in the community. This year's award will be used to purchase equipment and materials in support of early literacy programming, increase our capacity to provide high quality family literacy services, including Family Reading Circles, a Dia do Los Ninos celebration in April, and staff trainings to enhance family literacy skills and best practices.

For more information, please contact Ernesto Lizaola, Community Education Manager, at (831) 758-7229 or Cathy Andrews, Senior Librarian for Adult Services, at (831) 758-7915.