Cumberland Schools land library grant. Here’s what they’ll use it for

Published 5:51 pm Monday, May 27, 2024

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Some good news came this week for Cumberland County Public Schools, as the district received some extra funding. Cumberland was one of 200 schools from 40 states to get a $5,000 library grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. 

According to school library media specialist Parrish Mort, the money will go to Cumberland County Elementary School. Staff plans to use the funds to buy books, especially nonfiction books that support the curriculum, as well as current titles and award-winning titles. Some of the funds will also be used to replace missing books from popular series.

More about the library grant

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries supports school libraries with the greatest needs with the goal of encouraging all students to develop a love of reading and learning. Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded $22 million to over 3,800 schools across the country.  

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Schools must meet the following guidelines to be eligible to receive a grant: applicants must have a certified librarian or other paid professional responsible for the materials in the school library, must be Title 1 eligible, and must have a library or designated space on campus that is easily accessible for all students. Grant guidelines also specify that funds may be used to purchase school library books, e-books, and magazines. 

“When a child opens a book, they open up a world of possibilities,” Bush said. “I’m grateful this year’s Laura Bush Foundation grants give librarians the opportunity to update their collections, and they give students the chance to find a new genre or subject that interests them.” 

At the annual Laura Bush Book Club event, which is part of Engage at the Bush Center series presented by NexPoint, and supported by H-E-B, Mrs. Bush revealed her 2024 summer reading list, which includes recommendations for young readers through middle schoolers. The list contains classics like “The Little Engine That Could” as well as new releases like “Love Comes First,” written by Jenna Bush Hagar and Barbara Pierce Bush.

“Instilling a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children,” Bush said. “This year’s reading list celebrates the best of summer — endless days, time with family, and watching the Olympics. I encourage all parents and caregivers to get outside in the fresh summer air, and enjoy these classic stories together.”