Birdsboro, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. Debora Carrera today visited Boone Area Library’s Stories with Teachers program to highlight summer library programming and Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed investments in commonwealth libraries.
“Summer programs are an important asset to our students and communities, giving kids of all ages an opportunity to broaden their horizons and expand their minds during the summer months when school is not in session,” said Dr. Carrera. “Free library programs like Boone Area Library’s Stories with Teachers are a great way for kids to stay engaged and learning while also having the opportunity to stay connected with their teachers throughout the summer. The collaboration between Boone Area Library and the Daniel Boone Area School District is an example of how important it is to build bridges and continue giving students and their families access to the resources they need to keep learning.”
In his 2022-23 budget proposal, Gov. Wolf has requested a $1.25 million increase for libraries, including a $1 million increase in the Public Library Subsidy. The subsidy goes directly to local libraries, library systems, and 29 district library centers, and provides every Pennsylvanian access to statewide resource center libraries at the State Library of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the libraries of The Pennsylvania State University.
“With the help from funding and generous donations, we are able to provide a variety of programs here at Boone Area Library for all ages. These programs are important to help engage young readers and encourage them to learn and grow in a fun atmosphere. Summer Reading Programs are a great way to keep their minds working while they’re away from school,” said Ashley Allen, Director of Boone Area Library. “We hope to continue to gain more funding and expand our programs in the future. As our programs grow, so does the community.”
Each Friday in June and July, Boone Area Library is partnering with the Daniel Boone Area School District to host Stories with Teachers, inviting teachers from the school district to read a story to children ages 5 through 12. Following the story time, kids are invited to stay and create reflective art inspired by the story.
Through a survey conducted last summer, Pennsylvania youth indicated the difference that their library makes in their lives. Approximately 90 percent of surveyed youth felt welcome at the library in the summer, and more than 75 percent strongly agreed that they would continue to visit the library and participate in programs and activities after summer ends. Additionally, libraries led the way in providing equitable and accessible learning experiences through programs centering on art, story times, special presenters, literacy, and STEM. Forty-two percent of libraries indicated that they collaborate with their local school districts to extend learning experiences in out-of-school settings.
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