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Anchorage Public Library Receives Grant from Target for Ready to Read Resource Center

ANCHORAGE, AK (August 1, 2012)—The Anchorage Library Foundation announced that the Anchorage Public Library’s Ready to Read Resource Center was awarded a $25,000 grant from Target Corporation. The Center provides free early literacy workshops and book kits to childcare providers and parents across the state. The Library is planning an expansion of the Center with a new Early Literacy Test Lab at Loussac Library, which will offer an open-ended, flexible approach for families to learn and encourage early literacy skills for toddlers aged three and under.

“This grant from Target is an important gift to our community,” said Clare Stockert, Library Development Director. “Families with young children rely heavily on the Anchorage Public Library for books, media and story times to inspire learning and foster curiosity. We look forward to putting this gift to work immediately.”

The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its income to communities, which today equals more than $3 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.

The project also received a $16,000 grant from Wells Fargo earlier this spring. The new Early Literacy Test Lab at Loussac Library will open this winter.

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