What: Lauren McMullen and Jo Flick will lead a discussion about the meaning of Digital Literacy for libraries. Together, participants will explore the important role libraries play in promoting digitally literate communities. In the second half of this session, participants will learn about online resources they can access to support their digital literacy services and training.
(HELENA) --- The Montana State Library (MSL) is pleased to announce that it has received $45,000 in grant funds from two separate Montana foundations. The First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, based in Billings, awarded the State Library $35,000, and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, based in Missoula, awarded the State Library $10,000. The money will be used to expand the Montana State Library’s statewide early literacy initiative, Ready 2 Read.
Launched in 2009, the Ready 2 Read program is an effort to help parents and caregivers understand the value of sharing language and literacy with their children. The program has provided collections of high-quality children’s books to libraries, early childhood training to librarians, and extensive information and training to parents and caregivers on the importance of sharing books with children from birth forward.
“New research suggests that there is no greater investment than in early childhood education,” said Darlene Staffeldt, Montana State Librarian. “Montana libraries have evolved to meet the challenge of providing programs, services, and materials for our youngest library patrons – children from birth to three years old. We look forward to working with the First Interstate BancSystem and Washington Foundations to expand our offerings even further.”
Funding from First Interstate BancSystem Foundation will be used to support training of librarians to further their expertise in early literacy and early childhood education.
“We want every community in Montana to realize that their local library has everything they need to help their child get ready for school and ready for life,” said Staffeldt. “Montana libraries offer programming, services, and books for people of all ages – even brand new babies – while our collections and knowledge of community resources can serve as a fountain of accurate and reliable information for parents and caregivers no matter what type of question they may have.”
Additional funding from First Interstate BancSystem Foundation will be used to support expansion of the popular Ready 2 Read Goes Wild! trunks, which provide childcare providers, preschools, early elementary educators, parents and caregivers an opportunity to share language, literacy, learning, and nature with their children. A result of a partnership with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and part of MSL’s statewide early literacy initiative, Ready 2 Read, Ready 2 Read Goes Wild! uses nature and Montana animals to spark kids’ interest in language and literacy, math and science, and the natural world that surrounds them.
"First Interstate Bank is committed to helping make the places where we live and work the best they can be," said First Interstate Bank President and CEO Lyle R. Knight. "We are proud to partner with the Montana State Library in their efforts to increase literacy across Montana."
Funding from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation will be used to support new “Play and Learn Centers” in public libraries throughout Montana. The Play and Learn Centers will offer high-quality toys and hands-on interactive tools with the goal of expanding the traditional role of children’s services and increasing the capacity of libraries to recognize and realize their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement and lifelong learning beginning at birth.
“The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is proud to help the Montana State Library create a learning environment in libraries throughout the state that focuses on the unique and creative needs of children,” said Mike Halligan, executive director of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation. “Turning local libraries into community hubs for healthy child and family development affords all parents of young children access to age appropriate reading materials and a 21st Century learning environment that will reap rewards for society far into the future.”
The Ready 2 Read early learning initiative builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.
“In many of Montana’s communities, the public library is the go-to place for both entertainment and learning,” said Staffeldt. “As such, we have a responsibility to our citizens to continually evolve to provide more and better services as research continues to demonstrate the importance of the earliest years in a person’s development and how critical this period is individually but also on a societal level.”
The funding from the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation will be used in conjunction with some federal funding to support the project.
“We are honored to be chosen as recipients of these two amazing Montana foundations,” said Staffeldt. “We know that Montana libraries are key partners in the communities they serve when it comes to early learning and we are delighted to be able to expand and build upon our success to provide more resources for Montana’s children, teachers, parents and caregivers.”
One Book - One Bozeman is a community-wide read program to promote community building and literacy through reading a common book. The Bozeman Public Library is partnering with MSU Summer Reading/Convocation, Bozeman Schools, and local businesses to bring a successful and comprehensive program into the our community.
Activities – all free and open to the public:
September 1, 7:30pm - Library Book Club to read and discuss the One Book selection and companion fiction “You Shall Know Our Velocity!” by Dave Eggers
Bozeman Public Library
September 3, 1pm - Bozeman Schools Foundation “Links to Literacy” book give-away to all first graders “Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman” by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by David Diaz;
All Elementary Schools
September 8, 7:30pm - MSU Convocation with Kevin Connolly
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
September 9, 9am - High School Assembly with Kevin Connolly
Bozeman High School
September 10, 2:30 - Kids’ Program with Bozeman Schools Foundation: Wilma Olympics & Kevin X-Games for all first graders, but all ages are welcome
Bozeman Public Library
September 13, 6pm - Bozeman School Board meeting, Resolution in support of One Book – One Bozeman
Willson School, Board Room
September 15, 2pm - Senior Book discussion with MSU Peer Leaders
Aspen Pointe at Hillcrest, Private Dining Room, 1201 Highland Boulevard
September 16, 4:30 - Bozeman High School Ribbon-cutting Grand Opening Reception with Kevin Connolly and his photo exhibits in the new DeWeese Gallery
Bozeman High School Foyer, 11th Avenue
September 21, 6pm - “Skate to Starky’s” with Kevin Connolly
Meet at MSU SUB, south side in the loop with longboard or skateboard for public ride to Starky’s Authentic Americana
September 21, 7pm - Meet at Starky’s for free appetizers and a chance to chat with Kevin Connolly and other longboarders
September 23, 4pm - Kids’ Book Group, ages 8 + and parents, “The Thing About Georgie” by Lisa Graff; early reader
Bozeman Public Library, Children’s Room
September 24, 6pm - Peer Book Discussion
Sola Café, meet for free appetizers
September 27, 10:30am - Senior Book discussion with MSU Peer Leaders
Senior Center, 807 N. Tracy
September 30, 7pm - Art Contest Reception for Longboard Deck Art Contest
Bozeman Public Library