Workstations For Children Now In 124 Kansas Libraries

By: Release from Kansas State Library (Posted by Amanda Lanum)
By: Release from Kansas State Library (Posted by Amanda Lanum)

TOPEKA, Kan. - The State Library of Kansas (SLK) has awarded grants to 124 Kansas public libraries to help fund the purchase of one AWE Early Literacy Station (an all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8) in each recipient’s library.

In September of 2013, SLK made available a non-competitive grant for Kansas public libraries interested in AWE Early Literacy Stations. Libraries serving a population less than 10,000 paid $500 towards a machine and libraries serving a population over 10,000 paid $1,000 towards a machine. In total, SLK helped purchase 124 AWE Early Literacy Stations throughout Kansas.

The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer, with 60 pre-loaded educational software programs, and does not require an Internet connection to operate. The material spans all curriculum areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, art and music.

“Ensuring reading readiness and on-grade achievement for Kansas’ youngest residents is one of the State Library’s top priorities,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “Placing these stations in public libraries will help young readers learn and practice the skills they need to be ready for school—and they’re having fun!”

Part of the SLK’s mission is to promote and support early childhood literacy programs and practices in libraries across the state. Early childhood literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write. SLK supports these efforts through statewide programing, supplemental funding, grants, training sessions, online resources, and circulation of materials.

The grant recipients are:

Arma City Library

Ashland City Library

Atchison Public Library

Augusta Public Library

Baldwin City Library

Basehor Community Library

Beck Bookman Library

Belleville Public Library

Bern Community Library

Bird City Public Library

Bonner Springs City Library

Bucklin Public Library

Carbondale City Library

Cedar Vale Memorial Library

Cheney Public Library

Chetopa City Library

Cimarron City Library

Clearwater Public Library

Copeland Public Library

Council Grove Public Library

Delphos Public Library

Derby Public Library

Dixon Township Library

Dorothy Bramlage Public Library

Dudley Township Public Library

Ellinwood Community Library

Ensign Public Library

Erie City Public Library

Eudora Public Library

Eureka Public Library

Fowler Public Library

Girard Public Library

Goodland Public Library

Grainfield Public Library

Grant County Library

Great Bend Public Library

Greeley County Library

Hamilton County Library

Haysville Community Library

Hillsboro Public Library

Howard City Library
Independence Public Library

Independent Township Library

Ingalls Public Library

Inman Public Library

Iola Public Library

Jamestown City Library

Jetmore Public Library

Jordaan Memorial Library

Kansas City Kansas Public Library

Kinsley Public Library

Kismet Public Library

Lane County Library

Lawrence Public Library

Leavenworth Public Library

Liberal Memorial Library

Library District #2 of Linn County

Linn County Library District #1

Logan Library

Long Island Public Library

Longton Library

Louisburg Library Dist 1

Lyons Public Library

Macksville City Library

Mary Cotton Public Library

Marysville Public Library

McCune Osage Township Library

Meade Public Library

Meadowlark Library

Meriden-Ozawkie Public Library

Minneapolis Public Library

Minneola City Library

Moline Public Library

Montezuma Township Library

Morrill Public Library

Morton County Library

Moundridge Public Library

Mulvane Public Library

Ness City Public Library

Newton Public Library

Norton Public Library

Oakley Public Library

Osage City Public Library
Osawatomie Public Library

Osborne Public Library

Oskaloosa Public Library

Ottawa Library

Overbrook Public Library

Oxford Public Library

Paola Free Library

Park City Public Library

Parsons Public Library

Plains Community

Pleasanton Lincoln Library

Port Library

Ransom Public Library

Rolla Branch Morton County Library

Russell Public Library

Salina Public Library

Savonburg Public Library

Selden Public Library

Seneca Free Library

Sharon Springs Public Library

Silver Lake Public Library

Smith Center Public Library

Stanton County Public Library

Sterling Free Public Library

Stevens County Library

Thayer Friday Reading Club City Library

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Towanda Public Library

Valley Center Public Library

Vermillion Public Library

WA Rankin Mem Library

WaKeeney Public Library

Wamego Public Library

Washington Public Library

Wellington Public Library

Wetmore Public Library

Wichita County Library

Wichita Public Library

Winchester Public Library

Winfield Public Library

Yates Center Public Library

This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The IMLS mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The IMLS grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.


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