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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2008

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

Grants available for N.H. literacy programs

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library is pleased to announce that the Granite State Reads grants program is currently accepting applications for 2009.

Granite State Reads offers financial support to New Hampshire organizations that provide literacy assistance to New Hampshire residents. Any project that improves the literacy skills of New Hampshire children or adults is eligible to apply for a Granite State Reads grant of $500 or more. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2008. Grant recipients will be notified by February 1, 2009.

Previously funded projects included: a program that provided books to babies and toddlers, several family reading initiatives and summer reading programs, guided reading groups, and literacy programs for people with learning challenges.

Granite State Reads is currently a program of the Center for the Book with funds collected by Verizon through its “Check Into Literacy” program. Since 2003, nearly $75,000 has been distributed to New Hampshire literacy programs through Granite State Reads.

“Promoting literacy is an important part of the mission of the Center for the Book, and Granite State Reads fits into that very well,” said Michael York, New Hampshire State Librarian. “We look forward to helping local literacy programs serve their communities through these grants.”

Those interested in applying for a Granite State Reads grant must fill out the application that is available online at www.nh.gov/nhsl/bookcenter/programs/gs_reads.html. More information is also available by contacting Granite State Reads, by email at gsr@dcr.nh.gov or by telephone at (603) 271-2866.

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was founded in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy, and the literary heritage of New Hampshire and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. It is the New Hampshire affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Information on the Center is available at www.nh.gov/nhsl/bookcenter.

The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhsl.

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