A new grant equals new opportunities for the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library.

Administered through the Texas State Library and Archive Commission and funded by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Impact Aid Grant will allow the library to provide early literacy materials to area preschoolers and caregivers.

The $10,000 grant is administered on a yearly basis, and is the first such grant that the library has received.

“We are just so excited to be able to expand our programs,” Library Director Lisa Youngblood said. “We believe that the Harker Heights Public Library offers some phenomenal programs for early literacy that are all based in research in the cognitive development of children. We believe that this grant is going to allow us to reach a broader number of people with new computer systems for children to use.”

Dubbed the “Care for Kids Fall Initiative,” the library will administer several different projects aimed at early literacy, including an early literacy fair in November and two early literacy computer stations for preschoolers.

“Our Care for Kids Fall Initiative is all about early literacy from birth all the way up until kindergarten and first grade,” Youngblood said.

The big event will be Harker Heights Book Week, which will be a full week before Thanksgiving. This event will feature a large early literacy fair, a performance by Austin-based children’s singer Joe McDermott and activity areas in the children’s room.

“And we’ll have games and crafts, with every child in attendance receiving a goody bag,” Youngblood said.

Youngblood hopes the fall events will help bring more attention to the library.

“Receiving this grant tells everyone that we know that this is a worthy project,” Youngblood said. “This is a project that lets people know all about the great things that we are doing at the Harker Heights public library.”

Herald/Erik Papke​

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