Month: September 2016

Library System is awarded early literacy grant to promote diversity!


“Expand Minds: Books for Little Hands”

The Library System of Lancaster County is pleased to announce that it received $14,300 to enhance the children’s book collections at each of the county’s 17 public libraries and the Bookmobile.  The Lancaster County Community Foundation awarded the grant, which is part of their Better Lancaster Fund. The grant initiative is entitled: “Expand Minds: Books for Little Hands”. Each library will add approximately 75 books for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that are visually stimulating and that represent the rich diversity of our many communities.

Diverse representation in books brings value to children of all upbringings in many ways—by providing positive role models for children of diverse backgrounds; allowing children to identify with characters with similar emotions and experiences; conveying the richness and beauty of diverse cultures; and facilitating acceptance of cultures different from one’s own.   Early initiatives promoting diversity in children’s literature focused primarily on racial diversity.  However, current efforts broaden the meaning of diversity to include many more characteristics including religious and cultural traditions, family composition, immigration status, as well as mental and physical ability.

Librarians who will make the selections are very pleased to enhance their children’s collection with books that are relevant and meaningful to our current society. Barbara Basile, Director of the Milanof-Schock Library welcomes the opportunity to enrich their collection with books that celebrate diversity, “Small children are so impressionable. What a great opportunity to present wonderful words and beautiful artwork to help them understand that people the world over are so much more alike than they are different.”

The Library System facilitates inter-library loans that give library users access to all of the books in this new collection.
Here is just a sampling of book titles with diversity themes that will be available at public libraries for checkout:

  • Come over to my house (a rereleased Dr. Seuss)
  • A family is a family is a family
  • Janine and the Field Day Finish
  • Pedro for President
  • Blue & Bertie
  • One Little, Two Little, Three Little Children
  • I’m New Here
  • Say Hello!
  • I Am Mixed
  • Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
  • The Skin You Live In
  • Same, Same but Different

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month!

peanuts_web_psa_728x90The Public Libraries in Lancaster County join libraries nationwide in celebrating September as National Library Card Sign-up Month.  It is a time when parents are reminded that a library card is one of the most important tools in your child’s learning.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children.  Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better academically and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Lancaster County’s Public Libraries offer books, magazines, audio and DVDs, computers and fantastic programs!

Remember…anyone five years of age or older can sign up for a free library card!  Children ages 14 and under must have a parent or legal guardian sign for the card to be issued in the child’s name.  Another added benefit is that your library card may be used at any public library and the bookmobile.

Call or visit your Local Public Library for information about programs scheduled in celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month!   Visit your local public library! Find your local library.

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