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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hamlin Memorial Library is recipient of 2012 Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant.

Hamlin Memorial Library (HML) proudly announces that they are one of 50 recipients across the country who has been awarded a 2012 Ezra Jack Keats Mini-grant. Grant funds from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will be the sole funding source of “Reading Journeys”; an inter-generational program to be offered at HML, scheduled to begin early October.

A goal of developing the “Reading Journeys” program is to build program offering both children and adults an opportunity to hear life-stories and opinions/values which they may have little or no exposure to. Lori Rounsville, HML Director understands that many children in the region have grandparents who live hours away and likewise many “experienced” adults have grandchildren who do not live in this region; adults and children are encouraged to sign-up to attend together as well as singly. Each program session will consist of listening to and discussing a story by Ezra Jack Keats and creating an art project related to the theme of the story. The students and adults attending will be provided with instruction and materials to complete art projects which vary from bookmaking and collage to altered art and ATCs (artist trading cards). The books, projectsamplesand sign-up sheets for each of the ten sessions and are on display at Hamlin Library in Smethport; photos and information about “Reading Journeys” can also be found on the HML website and the HML facebook page.

“Saturday Reading Journeys” will begin October 6th,to be held the first Saturday of each month October thru February from 9:30 – 11am; “After-School Reading Journeys” will be 3:30 – 4:50pm beginning on November 7th. Children currently in grades 3 to 6and adults may register to attend any number of the sessions that they are interested in. Participation is limited to 20 for each session. There is no cost to participate in this program, however participants need to pre-register and HML staff asks that you be committed to attend if you claim a “slot”. For other information about the program please call 887-9262.

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