The Library is pleased to announce they are a recent recipient of a $750 Community Grant from Petoskey’s Walmart store #2417. Aligned with our mission to nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community, this grant will support the Growing Readers Together program, a partnership between the Library and the Public Schools of Petoskey. Growing Readers Together, which is now in its second year, is a three-pronged approach to supporting children in their reading quest: direct tutoring for students, Family Literacy Nights to help families learn more skills to support their student’s achievements; and Brain Boxes, to provide materials for students to take home.
One-on-one tutoring for students in need takes place at the Library six days a 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 delighted to be able to support our young students in their quest for loving books and reading. Last year’s results showing a marked improvement and “graduation” of 20% of our students was all we needed to know to continue the program and we could not accomplish that without support from the community,” stated Val Meyerson, Petoskey District Library Director. Each year, Walmart’s U.S. stores and clubs award local cash grants and in their FY 2019, they provided more than $42 million to address the unique needs of their communities.