Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Representative Bonamici learns more about Growing Early Readers

Representative Suzanne Bonamici visited the Beaverton Library August 29th to learn more about the Bridging Cultures: Growing Early Readers grant project. The project is a partnership between Early Learning Washington County, the Beaverton Library, and WCCLS. The $100,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant was funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Family friendly book bags were distributed to local organizations that work with immigrants and refugees. The bags included three levels of developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate books in Arabic, Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish or Vietnamese. Also included are wordless picture books and related activities and supplies. More culturally and linguistically diverse books for children and adults will be permanently housed at the Beaverton City Library. The grant goal is to help more children be prepared to enter school ready to read.

WCCLS Program Supervisor Stephanie Lind said “We would like to thank Congresswoman Bonamici for coming to the Beaverton City Library today to learn more about our IMLS grant funded projects. We were thrilled to be able to have our community partners there so that you could hear first-hand about the impact this funding has had on new immigrant and refugee populations in Washington County.”