PCL has been awarded $89,320 by United Way of Rhode Island, part of a renewable, three-year grant to support “Summer Reading in the Schoolyard.” The project will re-equip PCL’s existing mobile library to deliver summer reading opportunities to students who do not have access to regular library services. The mobile library will operate a regular schedule of visits to selected PPSD elementary schools.
The mobile library will carry 4,000 popular books for youth readers and will be outfitted with a sound system, shade tents, tables and chairs, mobile hot spots for WiFi access and a number of computers. Participating children will be able to access free e-books on electronic devices and software will track how students invest their daily reading time. The mobile library will be managed by a dedicated children’s specialist assisted by other PCL staff and college age youth interns. Providence elementary school classroom teachers and math coaches will provide hands-on math activities at each school site.
Youth up to age 18 who visit the mobile library, either independently or with their families, will qualify for a free breakfast at the morning school sites (8:30 - 9:30) and a free lunch at the afternoon school sites (1:30 – 2:30) as part of the City of Providence’s Summer Meals Program. The Program is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
PCL’s grant for “Summer Reading in the Schoolyard” is awarded by United Way for the first year of its new 2016-2019 competitive grant cycle, with a focus on funding efforts that help kids fall in love with learning, help adults reach new career goals, and help families meet their basic needs. In total, United Way has awarded $3.1 million in grants among the $12 million it has committed through 2019 to help change the lives of 250,000 Rhode Islanders by 2020, the overarching goal of its new strategic plan, LIVE UNITED 2020. For more information, visit www.LIVEUNITEDri.org.