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Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

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Education Department (ED)

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04/20/10 4:30 PM


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The purpose of the Improving Literacy through School Libraries program is to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists. Eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) may use funds for the following activities: Purchasing up-to-date school library media resources, including books; acquiring and using advanced technology that is integrated into the curricula of the school in order to develop and enhance the information literacy, information retrieval, and critical-thinking skills of students; facilitating Internet links and other resource-sharing networks; providing professional development for school library media specialists and providing activities that foster increased collaboration among library specialists, teachers, and administrators; and providing students with access to school libraries during non-school hours, including before and after school, weekends, and summer vacations.

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GrantWatch ID#: 123586

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Including charter schools and State-administered schools, that are considered LEAs under State law, in which at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau at the time this notice is published. These data are Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for school districts for income year 2008. A list of LEAs with their family poverty rates (based on these Census Bureau data) is posted on at Note: Charter schools and State-administered schools must include documentation from their State educational agency (SEA) confirming eligibility for this program.

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To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: Education Publications
Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794�1398. Telephone, toll free: 1�877�433�7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Julius Cotton
ED FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6140
Program Manager:
Pilla Parker
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E244
Washington, DC 20202-6200
Telephone: (202) 260-3710

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