Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Carthage Public Library received a Racing to Read Grant of $9,250 and a Spotlight on Literacy Grant of $10,000.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Carthage Public Library received a Racing to Read Grant of $9,250 and a Spotlight on Literacy Grant of $10,000.
Carthage Library Director Julie Yockey said the Library has received the Spotlight on Literacy grant for three years now and the Steadley Trust provides the Library with the $10,000 to match that grant.
The Racing to Read Grant is entering its fourth year and the Thelma Stanley Trust helps the Library match that grant.
The Racing to Read Grant will be used to develop early literacy services for children from birth to six years of age, and the Spotlight on Literacy Grant will be used to serve patrons of all ages through programs that support an educated and informed citizenry.
Yockey said the Racing to Read grant helps the library with it's bilingual story time and other programs aimed at Spanish-speaking residents of Carthage.
“Libraries are an integral part of our communities, providing Missourians with a wealth of knowledge and resources,” Ashcroft said. “Grants like the ones the Carthage Public Library received are important to ensuring our libraries continue to provide the best services and programs to their patrons.”
The library will use the Racing to Read Grant to hold early literacy programs for children from birth to age six with the focus on families that are English language learners.
Families with high risk children will increase meaningful engagement around library early literacy services as the library continues to offer a bi-lingual as well as an English story time at the library each week during the grant period.
The Spotlight on Literacy Grant will be used to continue its successful literacy program to help adult patrons for whom English is not a native language by providing English language and citizenship instruction.
Racing to Read Grants provide funding for eligible libraries to develop or strengthen partnerships to better reach families or caregivers of young children, particularly young children at risk of not being ready to read or to learn when they begin Kindergarten.
Spotlight on Literacy Grants provide funding for eligible libraries to encourage reading, language skills development, academic improvement including job skills development, computer skills development, financial literacy and health literacy skills development.
The State Library has approved a total of 132 grant applications in the 2018 fiscal year, totaling $1,545,214 in federal awards that the secretary’s office has distributed to libraries throughout Missouri. The grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.