Saginaw Library Boosters Receives Grant from Target for John Ed Keeter Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Club Program
Today, the Saginaw Library Boosters announced that the John Ed Keeter Public Library’s 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Club program was awarded a grant from Target Corporation. In recognition of the efforts of the Saginaw Library Boosters in promoting the cultural and educational assets of the John Ed Keeter Public Library, the grant will be used to help youth ages 0 to 5th grade to have a new or stronger love for reading books, develop and build early literacy skills, as well as build a stronger bond with their parent or guardian.
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.
Each year the Saginaw Library Boosters raise over $1,000 in funds for the John Ed Keeter Public Library’s programs and services through membership dues, fundraisers, donations, and grants. Already they are planning for their Fall Book and Bake Sale that will be held on Saturday November 1st from 9AM to 4PM. They are a non-profit 501c3 organization that meets once a month on the third Tuesday at 7PM in the library.
“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with the Saginaw Library Boosters to help fund the John Ed Keeter Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Club Program as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”
In addition to the grant received by the Saginaw Library Boosters, Target also gives through signature programs such as:
• Take Charge of Education, a school fundraising initiative that provides undesignated funds to local schools for whatever they need most, from books and school supplies to classroom technology.
• Arts Accessibility, free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide.
• Target School Library Makeovers, a program that leverages Target’s world-class design
expertise to transform school libraries across the country with new construction, furniture,
and technology, as well as 2,000 new books.
• Education Grants and Awards, including Books for Schools Awards, Target Field Trip Grants
and Early Childhood Reading Grants, that provide schools, libraries, teachers and nonprofit organizations the resources they need to bring learning to life and put more kids on the path to graduation.
For more information about the Saginaw Library Boosters visit www.saginawlibrarytexas.org or visit the John Ed Keeter Public Library at 355W. McLeroy Blvd. in Saginaw.