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Grant Funds Teen Summer Reading Program

Contact: Erin Downey Howerton, Wichita Public Library |
Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Fund Teen Programs
The Wichita Public Library is one of 20 libraries selected to receive a $1,000 grant to fund summer reading programs for teens. The grants are made possible through a partnership of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Wichita’s grant will provide funding for “Tinkering Tuesdays,” a program series inspired by Make Magazine’s teen Maker Camp. This Do-It-Yourself program for teens will emphasize science and technology skills. Program assistance will be provided by volunteers from MakeICT, a local MakerSpace organization.
“Incorporating the ‘maker’ concept into our summer reading program will allow teens to explore, create, invent, and experience the library as a place where ideas come to life,” said Erin Downey Howerton, Central Library Children’s Section Manager, who developed the idea for the program and the grant submission.
“Tinkering Tuesdays” will be one of several activities planned in support of the Wichita Public Library’s Teens Read program for youth in grades 6-12. The program will begin May 23 and continue through August 1. For more information about summer reading programs or library activities for teens, please contact the Library at 261-8512 or visit
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