Grant Provides New Books in Three Area Libraries

HARRISBURG PA – Three area libraries in Royersford, Phoenixville, and Birdsboro will benefit from a $125,000 grant, under Pennsylvania’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act federal funding, to pay for use of and training in decodable text collections. Decodable books are part of phonics lessons that help improve youngsters’ reading abilities.

The grant was awarded to the Chester County Library System, which will handle details of the collections for 10 libraries in the state 44th Senate District represented by Sen. Katie Muth. Her office supplied information Friday (Nov. 2, 2022) on the grant, which will involve the Royersford Free Public Library, Phoenixville Public Library, and Boone Area Library.

Also eligible to receive decodable text collections and training are Atglen Public Library, Chester Springs Library, Henrietta Hankin Branch, Honey Brook Community Library, and Parkesburg Free Library.

The texts are simple books that help promote early literacy and are specifically written for beginning readers. They giver learners with opportunities to use segmenting and blending skills to read words and develop “automaticity,” or the ability to recognize words quickly and effortlessly, Muth’s office reported. That, in turn, can lead to independent reading success, it said.

With schools increasingly working to ensure all children can read on grade level by third grade, “the library sees lending decodable books as another tool to support new readers, their teachers and caregivers,” according to Joseph L. Sherwood, the library system’s executive director.

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