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Libraries collect grants to ensure diverse programs

By: Mike Shellito Community Services Director/Assistant City Manager
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Roseville continues to look to alternative funding sources in tough budget times, and the Roseville public libraries are no exception. Library staff have been aggressively seeking grant funding, and since June been awarded a total of $44,500 as a result of several successful applications. These grants ensure that Roseville residents will continue to enjoy the same outstanding programs and services they have come to expect from our public libraries. The new Big Read program gives communities across the nation the opportunity to come together to read, discuss and celebrate one great book. This program will launch in spring 2009 in partnership with the Placer County Library System, Barnes and Noble, and the Roseville Joint Union High School District. Roseville’s Big Read has been made possible by a $5,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. California of the Past is a digital storytelling program, sponsored by the California State Library, to encourage members of the Roseville community to record their memories and the history of Roseville. This $10,000 grant helps the Roseville Library to digitize existing oral history already in the historical collection, and also collect new accounts important to our community, in both the recent and distant past. The Early Learning with Families grant, sponsored by the California State Library, helps develop early learning and literacy materials, especially for families with children under the age of 5. Storytime kits will be added to our collection and available for checkout. These kits, containing picture books, children’s music CDs, puppets, toys, and parent’s guides, will help parents teach their children early reading skills. Additionally, a portion of this $25,000 grant will help to expand library outreach efforts, particularly to area Latino families. Another $2,000 grant by Target will provide the additional funding necessary to complete the Storytime kits. Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness, sponsored by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute, is a grant that aims to encourage contemplation and conversation about love, forgiveness and wisdom. This $2,500 grant will fund a five-week book discussion series led by local scholars. Look for these events beginning in January. For more information about these and other library services, visit us at www.roseville.ca.us/library or call 774-5221.