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JMRL Receives Family Reading Grant

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The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is one of three libraries in the country to receive a special family reading grant. The grant will be used to encourage family members of all generations to read and write together.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (ALA) awarded the central Virginia system with a $500 grant. The funds will go towards a family literacy project involving food.

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is teaming up with Charlottesville’s PB&J Fund for the program. Staff members are planning to have grandparents and their grandchildren come into the library for story time and then collect recipes from each family. Then the participants will get to cook the recipes together at PB&J Fund's kitchen.

Organizers says it is a creative way to promote early literacy and development.

“We want to encourage them to come in, invite our neighbors in the central downtown area to come in with their grandchildren and to enjoy some stories and to pass on some family history,” said Sarah Hamfeld, reference and adult services manager at JMRL.

The participating families will also get to take home a recipe book to remember the experience.

The grant was presented at the ALA’s annual conference in Las Vegas this week. Jefferson-Madison Regional Library's Circulation Manager Tiffany Duck wrote the grant and accepted the award.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Press Release

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has been selected as one of three libraries in the United States to receive a "Reading Is Grand!" grant from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (ALA). The grant was presented at the Annual Conference of the ALA in Las Vegas to Tiffany Duck, JMRL Circulation Manager.

The $500 grant will be used to support a family literacy project encouraging family members of all generations to read and write together. The Black Caucus of the ALA, established in 1970, remains the forefront professional development vehicle for African-American librarians.

JMRL, one of the most heavily used public libraries for its size, provides public library services in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

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