From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Three Southwest Missouri libraries have received grants totaling more than $28,000.
The Joplin, McDonald County and Barton County libraries were awarded the grants for summer programs from the office of Jason Kander, Missouri’s secretary of state.
The Joplin Public Library will get $12,000 to provide a summer reading program and implement a new outreach with other community groups to help children, teens and adults improve their reading skills. Specifically, three Joplin elementary school libraries and the Joplin High School library will be kept open during summer school so children can participate in an abbreviated version of the summer reading program during school.
And in cooperation with Vintage Stock, a book club will be held at Northpark Mall.
In Barton County, a grant of $7,475 will be used to offer two summer reading programs for the countywide library system: “Dig Into Reading” for children, and “Beneath the Surface” for teens.
There will be weekly story times for children at the main branch and one to two story times each month at smaller branches in the county. The library also will hold a reading class for children in fourth through 12th grades that will focus on Mark Twain, Truman and Gateway award nominees.
A grant of $8,400 will be used by the McDonald County Library to offer “Dig Into Reading” for children, and the McDonald County High School Library will remain open during summer school hours. A high school librarian will help with book groups and provide youth programming. Story times for children and programs for teens also will be held at the Southwest City and Pineville libraries.
The Missouri secretary of state’s summer library program grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. In fiscal year 2013, the Missouri State Library has approved 47 grants valued at $353,791 to libraries throughout Missouri.