– information courtesy of Granville County Public Schools
Butner-Stem Middle School is one of 300 schools in 44 states across the country to receive a $5,000 grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The foundation has awarded $1.5 million in library grants this year,
Many of the libraries will use the funds to update and diversify their collections, according to information from Granville County Public Schools Public Information Officer Dr. Stan Winborne.
The foundation supports school libraries with the greatest needs with the goal of encouraging all students to develop a love of reading and learning. Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded more than $19.5 million to more than 3,300 schools across the country.
BSMS Principal Ashley Clark is very proud of Media Center Coordinator Cathy Littleton’s dedication to expand the library collection at Butner-Stem Middle School and is excited about the new books that will be in the hands of students in the coming months, Winborne said.
Grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year will open in late 2022. Visit laurabushfoundation.org to learn more.
The former First Lady recently shared her 2022 summer reading list, which includes recommendations for young readers through middle schoolers. Selections feature books on adventure, humor and discovery.
“The books on this year’s summer reading list were selected to encourage children to keep reading over their summer break,” Bush stated. “Local libraries are a wonderful resource for our communities, and I hope children and parents will visit their local library to borrow each of the featured titles.”
One of the 2022 Summer Reading List books was written by Giovanna McBride, the daughter of Mrs. Bush’s former chief of Staff, Anita McBride. Gigi at the White House was published by The White House Historical Association and follows a young Giovanna as she tours the White House. Inspired by the Laura Bush Foundation, Anita McBride and her husband Tim McBride have donated copies of Gigi at the White House! to every elementary school that has received a grant since 2002.
The George W. Bush Institute’s Education and Opportunity work, which houses the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, is generously supported by The Allstate Foundation. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at laurabushfoundation.org. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at www.bushcenter.org.