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The Carthage Press
  • Literacy Council donates to reading program

  • In support of young readers, the Family Literacy Council has donated $500 to the Carthage Public Library's summer reading program.
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  • In support of young readers, the Family Literacy Council has donated $500 to the Carthage Public Library's summer reading program.
    Earlier this year, the library received a $6,000 summer reading grant from the Missouri State Library, and an additional donation of $1,500 from the Carthage Library Development Foundation. With these funds, the library is teaming up with Carthage R-9 administration to promote reading to children throughout the coming seasons.
    In January, library director Julie Yockey met with Carthage principals and administration to share her ideas and goals involving the schools. She said her dream is get more library cards in the hands of kids. The program will encourage and generate an interest for reading, help to prevent “summer reading loss," as well as bridge the achievement gap for children living in poverty.
    “Anyone can donate funds to help out with the program this summer,” Yockey said. “The money can be used for rewards, incentives and snacks for each Story Time and or teen programs that the library will present. These are things the grant does not cover and expects the library and community to take care of. Our program title goes along with the nationwide theme this year 'Let sparks fly at Carthage Public Library,' and I look forward to filling the library with children and teens this summer.”
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