In May, the Lancaster Public Library received $3,500 in grant funding to support summer literacy. The library is the recipient of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading grant ($2,000), as well as the Rotary Summer Youth Experience 2018 grant ($1,500), administered by the United Way of Lancaster County.
The income will fund the Ticket 2 Read initiative. Ticket 2 Read is a summer reading enrichment program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade to enhance literacy skills by introducing children to books and educational content during their summer break. Children from urban summer camps who visit the library on field trips will be introduced to themed weeks of literacy activities facilitated by a professional librarian. The desired outcome is to enhance the children's reading level during non-school months and prepare them for the next school year.
In addition to offering a variety of fun, engaging, and educational programs, the Summer Reading Program prioritizes reading as an important daily activity to help prevent the "summer slide."
To learn more, readers may visit http://www.LancasterPublicLibrary.org/2018-summer-reading-program.