[Libs-Or] 2007-2008 Ready to Read Annual Report

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Mon Feb 2 09:06:33 PST 2009

**please excuse the cross posting.

The 2007-2008 Ready to Read Annual Report, 2007-2008 Outstanding Projects, and 2008-2009 Project Descriptions are now available at http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/aboutready.shtml.

The Ready to Read long and short term results of the are now reported using four metrics that measure the effectiveness of the Ready to Read Grant program over time. The metrics provide longitudinal data on public library youth services and public library usage statistics. This data allows public libraries to see how their efforts impact library services to children in Oregon, and serves as a tool for setting local youth service goals. The 2007-2008 grant cycle was the first to benefit from the funding increase to $1 per child and the $1,000 minimum grant. Libraries received a total of $144,871 more funds in 2007-2008 than they did in the previous grant cycle. As a result, the number of libraries using the Ready to Read Grant to fund one or more library youth services best practices increased significantly. Early literacy training increased by 32%, summer reading programs increased by 49%, and outreach to children and caregivers increased by 68%. 

Each year the State Library staff recognizes several public libraries for their outstanding Ready to Read Grant projects. The criteria for this recognition are: the library adheres to the original intent of the Ready to Read Grant, focuses on one or more of the three Ready to Read Grant best practices, promotes partnerships both in and out of the library, and creates a project that is replicable in other libraries, or enhances current library services. Libraries recognized for their Outstanding Ready to Read projects in 2007-2008 are: Emma Humphrey Public Library (Vale), Lakeside Public Library, Siuslaw Public Library, Scappoose Public Library, Klamath County Library, and Beaverton Public Library. 

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
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