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Jackson County Library Services has received a $28,000 Ready to Read Grant for literacy programming, including Babies in the Library and enhanced Summer Reading programs.

The Ready to Read Grant was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1993 to assist local libraries in helping children achieve state benchmarks for childhood learning and development.

In addition to Babies in the Library and summer reading programs, the grant will be used for Wobblers in the Library, purchases of books and puppets for Outreach to Childcare, and the purchase of children's books for the collection.

A grant of $124,533 has been given to Jackson County Library Services to benefit mature readers and youth ages 6 to 16.

The grant was awarded Dec. 21 and is the annual interest paid on a bequest of $2.5 million left to JCLS by Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt, who were educators in the Rogue Valley.

With the annual funds from the trust, JCLS has been able to provide programs such as free adult basic computer courses, purchase a resumé-writing and job-search software program available at all branches, and add the Value Line investment survey to its reference databases available online.

The library also has presented book talks at middle schools around the county and purchased an 11-piece mobile laptop lab with an LCD projector, five Wii consoles and flatscreen TVs for teen libraries, hundreds of new books for young adults, and courtesy book collections for circulation among clients of after-school and homeless youth services. Funds are also used for programming for Summer Reading.

For more information, contact Library Director Denise Galarraga at 541-774-6401.

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