Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Grants Awarded to Promote Literacy ; First Lady Doles Funds out to 17 Public, School Libraries

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Grants Awarded to Promote Literacy ; First Lady Doles Funds out to 17 Public, School Libraries

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Kansas first lady Mary Brownback added a fresh chapter Friday to a grant program that helps public and school libraries acquire books and technology to inspire lifelong appreciation of learning.

Most of the 17 grants for $9,200 issued this year are modest -- $100 to Olpe High School, $330 to Liberal Memorial Library, $500 to the Lincoln Elementary School Library, $840 to Moundridge Public Library, $800 to Seaman Unified School District 345 -- but reflect a broader campaign led by Brownback to promote literacy.

"These grants help libraries across our state purchase new technology and reading material for many reading levels," she said.

In addition to the library grants, Brownback has worked to develop a writing contest for children and promote the Kansas Book Festival, honoring work by authors who reside in Kansas or write about the state. …

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