Library gets $5K grant for mobile storytime program

The Great Falls Public Library received a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support the Ready2Read Reachout mobile storytime program.

The grant will allow the library to implement the Ready2Read Reachout program, which creates mobile storytime kits and trains volunteers to take these kits out into the greater Great Falls community, allowing parents and caregivers who would otherwise not be able to attend library storytime the opportunity to engage in early literacy practices with their children.

“We are very proud to be a supporter of the Great Falls Public Library,” Mark Finnicum, branch manager for Wells Fargo said in a press release.

“Children begin to learn early literacy skills at birth. Storytime helps expand their vocabularies, broaden and enrich their experiences and stimulate brain development,” Great Falls Library Director Susie McIntyre said in a release. “We are so grateful to Wells Fargo for providing funding for Ready2Read Reachout so we can provide essential literacy-rich opportunities to children who might otherwise miss out.”

 

“The Great Falls Public Library empowers parents and caregivers to be their children’s first teachers by connecting them to books and other literacy resources, a community space, and literacy programming. We would like to thank Wells Fargo for making it possible for us to bring these library services beyond our walls and out into the community where more children and families can access them.” -Rae McFadden, Youth Services Librarian, Great Falls Public Library