Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Takes Summer Reading Digital

Dollar General Literacy Foundation is helping the Library encourage lower-income kids to keep up their summer reading skills while making it accessible and fun on new technology – e-readers. The goal is to narrow the technology gap for low-income students while increasing their reading skills, according to Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson, who submitted the request on behalf of the Foundation.

The Dollar General $2,500 grant has allowed the Library to purchase six variations of e-readers loaded with 24 different books geared for teen and pre-teen readers. The e-readers will be rotated among three Boys & Girls Club locations during the summer. In a series of six sessions at the clubs, Library Outreach staff are meeting with the participants to help demystify the technology and conduct book discussions about the titles. The kids can experiment with the software on the devices and get comfortable using them.

Grant funds have also been used to purchase print copies of the books, so they can be checked out and taken home.  During the sessions, the kids have also debated the value of digital book formats and “bookless libraries.”

The Library will keep the e-readers for use during year-round and successive summer reading programs, and will add new titles to the devices.

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