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CFISD Mobile Library receives $2,000 grant to expand collection
CFISD students browse through books inside CFISD’s Mobile Library, which received a $2,000 grant from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation to expand its lending collection. The program targets areas within the district having the highest percentages of economically disadvantaged students, operating a Saturday schedule during the spring and fall semesters and an expanded schedule during summer.

Nov. 6, 2018—Thanks to the generosity of the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, CFISD’s Mobile Library received a $2,000 grant to help expand its lending collection, adding more award-winning books, Spanish-language literature and additional volumes of books in series. The program targets areas in CFISD having the highest percentages of economically disadvantaged students, operating a Saturday schedule during the spring and fall semesters and an expanded summer schedule.

The Mobile Library offers read-alouds and conducts summer incentive programs, which include prizes and rewards based on the quantity of books read and number of visits made. During visits, students can check out three books each, select two free books to keep and choose a snack and a bookmark. The resources available include choices appropriate for all grades.

“The awarding of this grant provides needed resources to update our Mobile Library collection,” said Diane Garland, assistant director of curriculum and instruction. “Due to limited funding the past few years, we have not been able to purchase new books for the collection, books that our students want and books they look for when they go to the Mobile Library.”

Now in its ninth year, the Mobile Library and its goal align with Lois Lenski Covey Foundation and its mission “to advance literacy and foster a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth.” Lois Lenski was a celebrated author and illustrator of more than 100 children’s books. She was the 1946 Newbery Medal winner for Strawberry Girl and established the foundation in 1967.

“It is an opportunity for the students to share with their parents and other family members the selection process that they experience at school and to be able to have their family participate in that experience,” Garland said. “We want our students and parents to see the importance of reading and reading together. The addition to the Mobile Library collection through this grant helps support that goal.”

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