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news: Press Releases: 2012 May 14: Community Grant Awarded

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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Helps Hartford Public Library Provide Tubs of Literacy Fun

Boston, MA, May 14, 2012 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from Brown Rudnick LLP, has awarded a Community Grant to the Hartford Public Library to purchase resources for a Literacy “Tub” Program. This program will help ensure that children throughout Hartford have equitable access to materials that aid school readiness and grade level reading.

The library will create 11 large tubs, each filled with thematic materials -- such as word puzzles, hand puppets, letter blocks, books, and more -- that address specific early literacy and scholastic needs as recognized in the Every Child Ready to Read curriculum. These tubs will travel through the library’s ten branch system, giving children at each branch time to explore the contents. Each branch will receive one tub every 2-3 weeks on a rotation, with the downtown library receiving two tubs. By trading tubs, the branches will have all the advantages of a large literacy collection without the space issues, while the children will be refreshed and stimulated by new collections.

According to grant applicant and Hartford Public Librarian, Lisa McClure, “Community partners such as public libraries need to find ways to support significant educational growth from birth to third grade. Hartford Public Library is committed to supporting the early literacy and scholastic needs of all children, including and especially children from low-income families, so that they have an equitable opportunity to meet educational objectives. To this end, we have set goals to increase resources and programs that assist parents in removing barriers to early learning success.”

Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., added, “We are pleased to support the Hartford Public Library in its efforts to help children achieve grade level reading skills. To improve inner-city children’s cognitive development and long-term academic outcomes, schools and communities need to find new ways to stimulate early learning that will lead to a more equal start at school. The Literacy Tub Program helps fulfill a necessary niche in the library education system with the goal of creating successful life-long learners.”

Created to support front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions, the Community Grants subsidize small, concrete projects, which will improve inner-city education within Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York or Washington DC within the coming year. The Foundation will generally consider grant applications monthly and award grants in an amount totaling not more than $2000 in any one month. The grant applications and an explanation of the program can be found at www.brownrudnickcenter.com/foundation/communitygrant.asp.  

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