Bosler Memorial Library
2013 Grantee of the Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund
Featured Nonprofit Organization – September 2014
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For more than one hundred years the Bosler Memorial Library has been a cornerstone of the information and education community in Carlisle through high-quality collections, services, and programming. As a public library, Bosler has been the primary point of access for free educational resources from the youngest citizens to the oldest citizens. In December of 2012 the library re-opened its doors after an expansive building project that increased the library's footprint to 43,000 sf. This expansion included a Youth Services Department more than three times larger than before and dedicated programming space. The public has responded tremendously to the new facility and services with an increase of 49% usage from 2012. In fact, the library's busiest year ever was 2009 and in 2013 the library usage is up 2% from that banner year. In July of 2013 the library circulation topped the 50,000 mark for the first time ever. The mission of the Bosler Memorial Library is to provide all citizens of the community with high-quality, educationally and developmentally appropriate learning experiences in a literacy-rich environment.
In 2013, Bosler Memorial Library received a $1,000 grant from the Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, for Feed Your Body, Feed Your Mind. During the school year, Project SHARE offers a backpack meal program which provides nutritious take-home meals for low-income children in the Carlisle Area School District. In May of 2013, Project SHARE extended their backpack meal program into the summer months and sought a partnership with Bosler Memorial Library to include a literacy component. The program took place over the course of seven weeks at Letort Park, Carlisle Fire and Rescue, and St. Stephens Lutheran Church (New Kingston). Volunteers, many of whom are active or retired teachers and reading specialists, coordinated fun and educational activities for at-risk kids from kindergarten to early teens. Volunteers at each site met with kids for 2 ½ hours per day, 3 days per week. The library provided gently used books from donations and children were permitted to keep the items they chose. Approximately 65 children participated in 2013; with longer-range planning time available for 2014, it is anticipated the program could see as many as 200 children participating in 2014. To create a more structured and impactful project, Bosler library is planning a coordinated outreach program that encourages summer reading with incentives provided based on meeting reading goals established by library staff and the children, planned storytime visits to each site, and a finale program held at the library. Incentives will include new books for children to add to their home library.
For more information on Bosler Memorial Library, visit www.boslerlibrary.org.
About the Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund
The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund grants to organizations offering youth and family oriented programs and services consistent with the mission of the organization. Organizations must serve Cumberland, Dauphin, and/or Perry counties. The Marty Sacks Fund grants once per year with a deadline in mid-September.
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