4-H receives grant for local library branch
Published: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Christmas came early for the residents of Hermosa after the Kids’ Inc. 4-H Club received a grant for the addition of educational materials to the Hermosa library. The “Building our Rural South Dakota Communities” Grant will give the community $644 for children’s educational material such as books, magazines and DVDs. The grant will also help process, access and shelve the books purchased in order to keep the library in order.
“As a club, we feel educating our youth is extremely important,” Kallen Rittberger and Cody Schlecter, co-authors of the grant, said in their proposal. “With budget cuts to the school districts, county and state budget cuts, there is less money to support worthy causes. A library gives any child a level playing field for getting educational materials. Whether a child is part of a low-income family or a child of the wealthiest member of a community, they are able to borrow the materials and derive the knowledge.”
The current budget for children’s books is a little over $1,000. With this budgeted amount, the Junior Library Guild sends the Hermosa library one book each for the primary, kindergarten, easy reading, independent readers, upper elementary and junior high level. Nothing is purchased specifically for the high school level. In total, 72 new books are given to the library for children, with any other additions coming from donations from the community. The grant nearly doubles the children’s section book budget.
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