Springfield public libraries are working to continue the success of a program that encourages children to read at a young age.
The Davis Foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to the city’s public library system. The funds will be dispersed over the next three years.
The money will be used to hire a new program administrator to oversee the initiative, Reading Success By 4th Grade.
“What the library can do is not just teach a child to read, but teach a child to love to read.
A child that has access to books is going to be much more motivated,” said Jean Canosa-Albano, Assistant Director of Springfield City Library.
In the nine years since the reading program began, it has received national awards.