A $2,000 grant has been received for the Cabool Elementary School library that will add over 100 new books.
The School Nonfiction Collection Development Grant is from the Institute of Museum and Library Services of Missouri. The funds are being used to purchase books in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning programs.
CES librarian Lisa Smith applied for the grant in November and was pleased for the elementary school to be one of the schools funded from the $80,000 in grant funds available. Each grant was limited to $2,000. No matching funds are required by the school district.
Smith told Cabool Board of Education Monday evening, in a presentation on the grant award, that the goal of the program was to improve circulation in the library and add nonfiction books in science, technology, engineering and math. A total of 105 books have been ordered that will be covered by the grant funds. “Our books are on the way,” she said. She noted that nonfiction books are very popular with elementary school students.
This is the first grant Smith has applied for and she said she would encourage others to pursue grants.
“We are very appreciative of her work,” Superintendent Robin Ritchie said of Smith. “It takes a lot of time in writing a grant.”
News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise