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January 2001Volume 3 Number 1

School and Public Library Partnership Grant Program
for Family Literacy and Parent Involvement

Susan Cormier, Childrens' Services Consultant

The Connecticut State Library has consulted with the State Department of Education and the local schools and libraries to create projects to improve family literacy and parent involvement in five communities with priority schools. The following projects are being undertaken by the public libraries under this program was created by Public Act 00-187.

New London
It is the goal of this partnership to establish an outreach program from the public library to the families of Edgerton Elementary School and to increase the resources available in Spanish for these families at the public library. Activities include:

Willimantic
It is the goal of this partnership to create an outreach program from the public library to families that are served by Natchaug School as well as the family resource center and other programs located in the school. Activities include:

The library has hired a bilingual partnership coordinator who will conduct visits to the school, accompany resource center staff on home visits, and work with parent groups. She will coordinate school visits to the library, encourage library card registration to families, and promote the special literacy material that will be purchased for this program.

New Haven
It is the goal of this partnership to develop collaborative programs designed to improve family literacy and parent involvement. Activities include:

Waterbury
It is the goal of this partnership to develop and execute a literacy initiative with the Driggs and Hopeville Schools called "Rally Around Reading _ Creating Families that Read" that will promote reading as a fun and worthwhile activity, encourage family reading activities, encourage library card registration and regular library use, and promote the public library as a supportive welcoming destination for families. Activities include:

Bridgeport
It is the goal of this partnership to increase coordination between school-based and library-based programs designed to promote literacy among the families of the target schools. Activities include:

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