July 3, 2001 Viburnum Foundation/Center for the Book Family Literacy Grantees for 2001-2002 Announced

Press Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189
Public Contact: (202) 707-5221

Forty-five small public libraries in 10 states will each receive $3,000 family literacy grants from the Viburnum Foundation as part of the 2001-2002 Viburnum Foundation/Center for the Book Family Literacy Project.

"Thanks to the generosity of the Viburnum Foundation, this year our joint project has expanded to include literacy projects in three new states - Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina - and grants to an all-time high of 45 small public libraries," said John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Now in its fourth year, the project promotes the planning, training, and promotion of family literacy projects among rural public libraries and their community partners. It is administered by the Center for the Book, which also organizes and conducts two training workshops each year for project participants. This year the workshops will be held in Montgomery, Ala. on Aug. 22-24, and Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 12-14. The Alabama and New Mexico state libraries and state centers for the book will provide workshop support. Center for the Book consultant Virginia H. Mathews, a nationally known literacy and library advocate, is project coordinator. She is assisted by two Center for the Book staff members: program specialist Anne Boni, and Patricia White, executive assistant.

Libraries receiving the grants in 2001-2002 are listed below.

Ashland City Public Library; B.B. Comer Memorial Library, Sylacauga; Collinsville Public Library; Lewis Cooper Jr. Public Library, Opelika; Pell City Public Library; Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Blue Spring Branch, Huntsville; Ozark-Dale County Public Library, Ozark.

Cooper Queen Library, Bisbee; Mohave County Library District, Kingman; Friends of the Tucson-Pima Public Library, Tucson.

Arkansas River Valley Regional Library, Dardanelle; Crawford County Public Library System, Van Buren; Jim G. Ferguson Searcy County Library, Marshall; Philips County Library, Helena.

CEL Regional Library, Midway/Riceboro Branch, Savannah; Clayton County Library System, Jonesboro; East Central Georgia Regional Library, Augusta; Hall County Library System, Gainesville; Peach Public Libraries, Fort Valley; Ohoopee Regional Library System, Vidalia; West Georgia Regional Library, Carrollton.

Washington Parish Library, Franklinton; West Baton Rouge Parish Library, Port Allen.

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Columbus; Elizabeth Jones Library, Grenada; Central Mississippi Regional Library System (Raleigh Library), Brandon; Waveland Library Literacy Center, Waveland.

Belen Public Library; David Cargo Public Library, Mora; Glenwood Community Library; Moise Memorial Library, Santa Rosa; Moriarty Community Library; Silver City Public Library.

Bartlett-Carnegie Sapulpa Public Library, Sapulpa; Metropolitan Library System, Choctaw.

Abbeville-Greenwood Regional Library, Greenwood; Berkeley County Library, Moncks Corner; Colleton County Memorial Library, Walterboro; Georgetown County Library System, Georgetown; Sumter County Library, Sumter; York County Library, Rock Hill.

Crowley Public Library; Duval County/San Diego Public Library, San Diego; Eden Public Library; Longview Public Library.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. Its program is supported by tax deductible contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. For information about its activities and those of its affiliated centers in 42 states and the District of Columbia, visit its Web site at www.loc.gov/cfbook.


PR 01-096
ISSN 0731-3527