Foundation for the Kent County Public Library Receives $6,600 Grant From PNC to Create Early Literacy Center

Richard Kalter, Chairman of the Foundation for the Kent County Public Library, and Jackie Adams, Library Director, are pleased to announce that the Foundation, on behalf of the Library, has been awarded a $6,600 grant from the PNC Foundation to create an Early Literacy Center for parents and early child care providers for Kent County Title I families to improve school readiness. PNC provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its bilingual program in early childhood education.

The Early Literacy Center will include new books, materials, a new shelving unit, an updated early literacy computer and quality programming to enhance and increase school readiness for Kent County children.

“PNC is committed to providing families with the tools and resources to help children be successful in kindergarten and life,” said Jennifer Joseph, PNC Market Executive on the Eastern Shore. “The Early Literacy Center will serve a critical community need – helping more Kent County children arrive at kindergarten with essential skills and ready to learn.”

Kent County Public Library (KCPL) also will offer two interactive, hands on, parent/caregiver and child events that promote the development of school readiness skills for young children and raise awareness of the library’s “Early Care” resources. Transportation will be provided for these events and each family will receive a children’s book to take home.

In 2012, a total of 5,522 community members attended a variety of programs offered throughout the year, including weekly story times. The library has early literacy computers at all the branches and provides take home learning backpacks that support the Maryland Model for School Readiness. The library also offers annual summer reading programs.

“Thanks to the PNC Foundation, KCPL’s exceptional Children’s Department will be an integral part of an early education initiative that will benefit underserved families by providing direct services for children and family engagement in the community,” said Jackie Adams, Library Director.

About the Organizations
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. For more information, please visit www.pncgrowupgreat.com, www.facebook.com/pncgrowupgreat and www.youtube.com/PNC or follow @PNCGrowUpGreat on Twitter.

The Foundation for the Kent County Public Library, Inc. is registered with the I.R.S. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the mission of the Kent County Public Library.