Library receives grant for early childhood development

proud parents

The Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County, in conjunction with the Pike County Outreach Council and Community Action Committee of Pike County, has been awarded a $50,000 grant through the Family and Community Engagement Pilot program as a part of Ohio’s Early Learning Challenge Grant.

The goal of the pilot program is to engage families to ensure that children are born healthy and stay healthy, and children are ready for kindergarten. The target audience for the program includes families with children under age 6 who may not be already engaged with community support programs.  In Pike County, the target audience of the grant is families in the western portion of the county with young children up to age 5.

The grant funds will be used to launch the “Pike County Proud Parents” initiative, which will include four positive parenting workshops to be held at Western Elementary School in January, February, and March, 2017, and to distribute Early Childhood Development and Read-to-Me kits to partner agencies throughout the county.  The workshops will focus on early childhood development, early literacy, family nutrition, and the health and safety of young children.  The kits will include toys, games, books, and Early Childhood Development guides to help parents ensure that their children are healthy and developmentally prepared to enter kindergarten.

New children’s computers put students in AWE of learning

AWE station

The children’s department at the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library in Waverly is the proud new home to two high-tech AWE Digital Learning Stations, thanks to a $4,999 Library Services and Technology Act grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

Both the Early Literacy Station, geared towards ages 2 to 8, and the AfterSchool Edge workstation, intended for school-age children ages 6 to 12, feature educational games that cover the seven main curriculum areas:  Reading, Words and Phonics, Math and Problem-Solving, Science and Nature, Social Studies and Geography, Computer Skills, Research, and Music and Art.  All of the content is aligned to STEM/STREAM and correlated to both Common Core and National State Academic Standards.

Library race winners announced

The library has held another successful Velma Engle Memorial Read for the Gold 5K Run / 3K Walk fundraiser event.  The 1st Place Overall award female and male went to Carol Grate with a time of 23:14 and Delmar Scowden with a time of 24:59. The 2nd Place Overall award female and male went to Lisa Anderson with a time of 23:42 and Mike Howard with a time of 25:02. The 1st Place finisher of the 3K Walk was Fran Foster. Misty Cheseboro was the 2nd Place finisher.

We appreciate the support of community members and organizations in our endeavors to continue promoting literacy within the community. Thanks to our supporters, volunteers and participants, our fundraiser was another tremendous success!

MAJOR SPONSORS:  AECU, Boyer Funeral Home, Bristol Village, Jim Engle, Profab Mechanical, SOMC, Valleyview Health Center, WXIZ-WXIC-WXZQ

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS:  All About Children, Cincinnati Reds, CJ DVD Rentals, CJL Sports, Classic Trophies & Plaques, COSI, Dixon Jewelers, Hair Biz, Hello Shop, J.F. Heibel Electric, Klinker’s Lumber, McDonald’s of Waverly, Newport Aquarium, Erica Snodgrass, Auditor

Walkers

walkers

3K Walk 2nd Place finisher Misty Cheseboro and 1st Place finisher Fran Foster

Runners

runners

(Left to right) 2nd Place Male Overall Mike Howard (25:02), 1st Place Male Overall Delmar Scowden (24:59), 1st Place Female Overall Carol Grate (23:14), and 2nd Place Female Overall Lisa Anderson (23:42)

Click "Read more" for a PDF with a complete list of participants and race times.

Summer Reading Program


libraries rock

The 2018 Summer Reading Program will run from Monday, June 5 to Friday, July 27.  

This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!" and will focus on the many facets of the world of music - singing, dancing, making our own instruments, listening to professional and amateur musicians, and celebrating the joy of music in our own community!  

Our Summer Reading Program will feature lots of special storytimes and fun programs, a Reading Challenge with prizes for all ages, and FREE LUNCH every day for children!  

You can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at any library location starting June 4.  Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/pikecountylibrary for more details.

Free lunch for kids at the library this summer


lunch at library

Starting June 6, all branches of the library will offer free lunches daily to children and teens age 1 to 18 through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. There is no income requirement for daily meals; all children seeking a healthy lunch will be fed.

In addition, children may qualify for a take-home pack of weekend meals, which are sent home on Fridays. Weekend meals include two prepackaged breakfast meals, four prepackaged lunch/dinner meals, and one 32-ounce white milk. Parents/guardians simply need to fill out a one-time form per child to verify income eligibility for the Friday take-home packs.

Lunches will be served Monday through Friday from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at each Pike County library branch. For more information, please call the library at (740) 947-4921 or the Pike County Senior Center at (740) 947-5555.

This program is federally-funded by the US Department of Agriculture, and sponsored by the Community Action Committee of Pike County.

Please share this information so that no Pike County child goes hungry this summer.

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