Alice’s Public Library Receives $5,000 CBCF for Families Reading Together Program Grant – Alice Echo News Journal

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The town of Alice recently received a $5,000 grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF).

“We would like to thank CBCF’s Board of Directors, staff and generous donors for investing in our community,” the city said in a news release.

CBCF was incorporated in 1981 with a mission to improve the quality of life in the seven counties of Coastal Bend. The Foundation serves donors by providing a vehicle for the establishment of various types of charitable funds designed to meet their wishes. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $149 million from donor contributions and income to student scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations.

The Alice Public Library Families Reading Together (FRT) program provides participants with books and accessories that help expand their interests in their respective hobbies, build reading skills, and foster a love of reading. FRT is designed to provide a partnership with the library in the development of lifelong learning skills through reading, and in the development of a love of books and the joy of reading.

The current FRT format is for families to visit the library each week to pick up a craft kit, which matches the book read in the weekly instructional video. The kit provides families with the craft materials needed to complete the craft of the week. Families then watch the instructional video, which is posted on the library’s YouTube channel (Alice Public Library) and Facebook account. Replays of the videos are also available on the public access channel. The video includes a staff member reading several books, presenting crafting instructions, and then explaining how participants can win a prize for completed crafts.

Beginning in September 2022, the FRT will take place in person at the library with a staff member each Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. crafts, facilitate a game and award prizes.

The City of Alice not only serves residents of the city, but also Jim Wells County and residents of surrounding rural communities that do not have a library or lack a strong library presence.

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