The Keene Valley Library Association (KVLA) has been named a 2017 Children’s Book Project Grant Award recipient by the Pilcrow Foundation. This $800 award funds the library’s acquisition of new children’s books.
The Pilcrow Foundation’s Children’s Book Project provides new, quality, hardcover books to rural public libraries. These books will become part of the permanent collection at the Keene Valley Library, which serves the Town of Keene’s 1,105 residents.
The Keene Valley Library offers childhood literacy programs for infants, toddlers, and pre-K groups, and operates as the library for kindergarten to 6th grade students at Keene Central School.
Students at Keene’s K–12 public school, which has a 2017–18 enrollment of 177 students, visit the library weekly to borrow books and develop lifelong learning skills. Keene’s youngest residents also visit the library for craft workshops, game nights, and movie screenings.
The KVLA partnered with the Pilcrow Foundation to fundraise one-third (an additional $400) of the funds that will be used to purchase new books to build community investment in children’s literacy and the library’s future.
In 2017, the Pilcrow Foundation awarded grants to 35 rural public libraries across 20 states.
For more information about the Keene Valley Library Association, visit their website.
Photo: Pilcrow Foundation Books, provided.