Reading is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families Grant

Published 8/7/2013 by Forsyth County Public Library

Reading is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families Grant

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) has awarded Forsyth County Public Library a Reading is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families Telling Our Stories at Your Library grant for 2013. The program is a celebration of the important role grandparents play in the lives of children. It is through their infinite wisdom and experience that children learn the unique cultural and familial values that help them grow into valuable contributors to the community.

Forsyth County Public Library, along with the other three winning libraries, were selected based on the level of creativity and originality in meeting the program criteria, their action plan, level of involvement of grandparents in the activities and impact of the program in the community.

Forsyth County Public Library, Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.
The library will present three programs that demonstrate literacy development skills; encourage reading; promote access to books and library use; and provide a forum for embracing culture, history and lifelong learning for grandparents within the community. The first program is ALA’s preschool literacy development training, Every Child Ready to Read program, which will demonstrate to grandparents how to select and share books (and etc.) for preschool literacy development. The second program is Family Book Clubs, which will be designed to show how to share and discuss books with their grandchildren. The third and final program is a Storytelling Festival, where grandparents will showcase their learned skills and record their stories. Copies of the recorded stories will be available for checkout at the library. (Note: The library will partner with local members of the National Association of Black Storytellers, who will give participants two half-day workshops on storytelling techniques prior to the Festival).