updated: 12/6/2011 3:59:03 PM

Fund Distributes Library Grants

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Many Marion County high school libraries received grants earlier this year from the Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund. The Central Indiana Community Foundation operated fund says the October awards total $280,000 and more than $23 million has been distributed since the library fund was established in 1989.

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December 6, 2011

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded $280,000 in grants to eligible Marion County high school libraries in October 2011. The Fund has awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to Marion County high school libraries since 2007 and more than $23 million to libraries since its inception in 1989.

The grants were awarded to 33 high school libraries to increase the acquisition of current print materials and e-resources that support teaching and learning. An additional objective is to help high school libraries add high-interest reading materials including e-books that encourage leisure reading and also help students with special literacy needs. The grants are also meant to help library media center technology remain current in order to support teaching and learning. Libraries that are no longer staffed by a full-time, licensed school library professional were ineligible for funding.

Media specialists at each high school will assess current media center needs and use grant funding to acquire contemporary resources. The specialists will work closely with teachers to help students learn how to find reliable web basedinformation, assess and use it for academic projects.

In order to maximize the benefit of the grant to students, on August 25, 2011, media specialists from all eligible high school libraries recently met to identify resources and library practices that meet the learning and literacy needs of today’s high school student. Topics included sharing strategies for engaging reluctant readers, finding resources for English Language Learners, elevating the importance of information literacy and maximizing use of e-books and e-readers to enhance student learning.

“High school libraries contain rich learning opportunities that help students develop important research and critical thinking habits,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation. “They support, nurture and cultivate reading and language skills. And increasingly, they help students better evaluate information found on the Internet. We’re excited to play a role in expanding these opportunities for high schools and students throughout the county.”

Source: Central Indiana Community Foundation

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