Petoskey District Library (PDL) was the recent recipient of a $4500 grant from Hestia Women’s Giving Circle. Aligned with PDL’s mission to nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community, this grant will support the Growing Readers Together program, a partnership between PDL, the Public Schools of Petoskey, and several area businesses and organizations. Growing Readers Together, which is now in its third year, is a three-pronged approach to supporting children in their reading quest: direct tutoring for students; Brain Boxes, to provide materials for students to take home; and optimistically this fall, the return of Family Literacy Nights to help families learn more skills to support their student’s achievements.
One-on-one tutoring for students in need takes place at the Library throughout the week, all year long. School trained reading tutors are matched with students in K – 3rd grade who are in need of reading support. By planning the tutoring programming at the public library instead of the school, families may be more inclined to participate because it is a less intimidating environment. “We are ecstatic that the library has reopened, and tutoring has resumed. The ability to continue the program, and support our young students in their quest for loving books and reading, could not be accomplished without support from Hestia, and the community,” stated Val Meyerson, Petoskey District Library Director.