The Northumberland Public Library (NPL) proudly announces it’s the recipient of a 2015 Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant.
The grant will allow NPL to hire several part-time teen interns to help implement the summer reading/learning programs, while also helping them gain real-world work experience and develop professional skills. They will be assisting with NPL programs such as Read to the Dogs, Lego Build events, bookmaking and writing classes, Space Camp, Readers Theater Classes, Story Hours, Summer Reading Special Events held at the YMCA, several family events (including the Petting Zoo), YMCA camper book selections and more. Interested teens may email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or stop by the library to pick one up. All applications are due by April 1. No experience is necessary, but applicants must have transportation and be 14 to 18 years old.
For the past three years the library has received Dollar General Summer Reading Grants. This year NPL is ineligible to apply as it’s required to take a year off from applying every three years. So Jan Bates, the library’s Coordinator of Children’s Programs, applied for the Dollar General Teen Intern Grant offered in conjunction with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a subsidiary of the American Library Association. Other Teen Intern Grant recipients in addition to NPL are from Illinois, North Carolina, Michigan, California, New Jersey, New York, Kansas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Tennessee. For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve and empower teens.
Bates has contacted the manager of Dollar General in Burgess to inform the local store about the corporation’s grant and discuss ways the store can participate in the library’s summer reading program.
Bates says she was delighted that NPL was selected as one of the Teen Intern Grant recipients, since teen assistants were previously all volunteers. “Now I can offer a real incentive to our teens to take this position and its responsibilities seriously,” she said. “It also demonstrates how much we value their participation.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit www.dollargeneral.com.