BURLINGTON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GRANTS More than $9,000 in Funding Earmarked for Literacy Initiatives
Burlington County Library System (BCLS) Director Ranjna
Das is pleased to announce that BCLS received $9,497 in grant funding, which
will support new literacy initiatives to benefit county residents.
BCLS was one of a dozen public libraries to receive a 2018
Literacy Collection Development Grant from
the New Jersey State Library. The $1,997 grant allows the library system to
update and expand the literacy collection available to the growing English
Language Learners (ELL) community at BCLS. Specifically, the funds will be used
to purchase high-school equivalency prep books (GED, HiSET, and TASC); fiction
for beginning to intermediate adult readers; the Oxford Picture Dictionary; and
financial literacy books. A sampling of the expanded BCLS Adult Literacy
Collection materials will be on display at the Adult Literacy Resource Fair set
for March 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Burlington County Library.
In addition, the Burlington County Library
System Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks financial support on
behalf of the library system, was the recipient of a $7,500 grant from Literacy
Access Fund. The funds enabled the purchase of a new AWE Platinum computer
designed for 21st century digital learning, as well as a suite of
coding robots that offer hands-on digital literacy learning programs.
“Grant funding is vital to any library, and with a system as large as BCLS we are always looking to pursue opportunities that enable us to enhance our offerings to the community,” said Das. “BCLS is fortunate to have passionate staff members who seek out and apply for grants, as well as a dedicated Foundation that secures funding on our behalf. This team effort helps us to continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of Burlington County residents of all ages.”
According to Burlington County Library System Commission Chair Jonathan Chebra, “the grant from the New Jersey State Library will help BCLS fulfill its mission to enrich lives by providing opportunities for learning, growth and personal development by expanding the BCLS Adult Literacy Collection.” This project is supported by funds from the Institute of Museum and
Library Services, administered by the New Jersey State Library.
A 501(c)(3), public charity, Literacy Access
Fund secures funding from corporate, foundation, and individual partners to
provide financial support to underfunded public libraries
through a competitive granting process. The goal of the
organization is to help libraries provide equal access to quality resources for
young learners, regardless of economic factors. The award was made
possible through partnership funding from Republic Bank, headquartered in