Library Receives Growing Readers Together Grant

(LAMAR, CO) – Growing Readers Launched at Lamar Public Library.

The library program, sparked by a grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, provides early literacy
activities and resources for family, friends and neighbors who care for children under the age of six.
Growing Readers Together is an opportunity for informal childcare providers to connect with others, gain
resources, and learn the latest in early literacy tips and tricks to grow the children in their care into
kindergarten-ready readers.

The Lamar Public Library is one of 14 libraries in central and southern Colorado to participate in this grant
project. The Colorado State Library is coordinating training and offering technical assistance. The result of
this initial pilot grant could lead to additional focus on early literacy in Lamar/Prowers County and be a
model for other Colorado libraries.

The library is partnering with High Plains SafeCare Colorado to reach informal and unlicensed care providers
in Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers counties.

“We encourage all Coloradans to offer babies, toddlers and preschoolers language and literacy-rich activities
in their daily life. Research shows that this prepares children for success in school and life,” said Growing
Readers Together Coordinator, Joyce Johnson. “The public library is the perfect place to get started, expand
what they are doing, and do so in fun and engaging ways.”

Growing Readers Together is one of several early literacy activities offered by Lamar Public Library. For those
interested in this and other programs, go to the library’s website: lamarlibrary.colibraries.org or call the
Youth Services Librarian, Carol Scranton at 719-336-4632.

Early literacy tips and links are available on the library’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/LamarPublicLibrary/ and on Twitter: @lamarpl #GrowingReadersTogether

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