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Pioneer Library System selected as Family Engagement Project Grantee

The Pioneer Library System has been selected as one of the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness’ (OPSR) Public Library Family Engagement Project grantees, the organization has announced.

This project will help fund Pioneer’s Growing Like a Read and Read2Me programs which promote reading to infants and toddlers. Pioneer is one of 29 awardees chosen by OPSR as grantees.

“For many young children, these are their first books. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with OPSR to continue these programs and help thousands of youth engage in early literacy,” said Lisa Wells, Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System.

Library services are crucial to help young children develop language skills. In fact, brain research has shown that talking, singing and reading can have a positive impact on early speech and language. The Public Library Family Engagement Project’s goal is to equip families with knowledge and offer an early introduction to literature and technology to infants and toddlers.

“OPSR is proud to work with Pioneer Library System to support stimulating early literacy opportunities for infants and toddlers,” said Debra Andersen, OPSR executive director. “This project wouldn’t have been possible without our partners the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA).

“Thanks to the federal Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five, we’re grateful to be able to support libraries across the state and families who are passionate about enriching the lives of their children.”

The Pioneer Library System’s Growing Like a Read and Read2Me programs encourage parents to start reading with their children from an early age by providing books, educational story times, and literacy kits to families.

In 2003, House Bill 1094 created the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) and added Oklahoma to a growing list of states that recognized more action is required to successfully support families and children from birth to preschool — thus improving school readiness.

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness was awarded more than $3 million dollars from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education via the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five, now known as OKFutures. This oneyear grant is focused on improving the coordination and quality of existing early childhood services as well as increasing families’ knowledge and capacity to support their children, from birth to five-years-old.

To learn more about this grant’s activities, visit https://www.okschoolreadiness.org/okfutures.

Financial support of the library system’s literacy programs is made possible by donations to the Pioneer Library System Foundation. Find out more about contributing to the Foundation’s causes by going online to www. plsfdn.org .

And for more information on the programs and services of the Pioneer Library System, go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org or download the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available at iTunes or Google Play.

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