FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Investors Bank Foundation Grant Supports Burlington County Library System’s
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program
Laura Bishop, Laura Bishop Communications
(October 10, 2019) – Thanks to a grant from the Investors Bank Foundation for $2,500, the Burlington County Library Systems (BCLS) will be able to purchase more books in support of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program (1KBBK). BCLS, with support from the Burlington County Library System Foundation, is in its second year of offering the 1KBBK program at all 15 of its locations throughout Burlington County.
The BCLS Foundation applied for the grant from the Investors Bank Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank.
The 1KBBK program asks parents, grandparents, friends, etc., to read a book – any book – to a child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before that child enters Kindergarten. Although any book can be read, BCLS offers a special 1KBBK book collection that has been hand-selected by its librarians for this specific age group.
“Every book a child reads counts toward the program,” explained BCLS Director Ranjna Das. “This includes books read by siblings and other family members, or the ones they hear at story time or daycare. It even includes the ones they like to hear over and over. Repetition actually is good for children at this age.”
Parents or caregivers can monitor their child’s progress toward the 1,000 book goal using the library’s digital reading tracker, Beanstack, added Das, which is available on the BCLS website or can be downloaded as an app to any smartphone for convenience.
The BCLS Foundation has been actively supporting the popular 1KBBK program for nearly two years by offering funding for the purchase of new books to enhance the curated collection and sponsoring events to celebrate various milestones children achieve.
“Supporting early learning initiatives is a key focus for the BCLS Foundation, and programs like 1KBBK engage our youngest library users with reading even before they head off to school,” said BCLS Foundation president Jessica Siragusa. “This grant from the Investors Bank Foundation allows us to further expand the 1KBBK collection and offer additional programs to the community. We are fortunate to have strong partners, like Investors Bank, who see the value in giving back and making financial resources available in order to create worthwhile programs and resources for our library users.”
Sandy S. Broughton, Investors Bank vice president and community development officer, and Carol-Anne Peacock, assistant vice president and Maple Shade branch manager, presented the grant check to Das and Siragusa in the children’s room at the main library in Westampton.
“We are delighted to be able to provide the Burlington County Library System with a grant in support of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program,” said Broughton. “As a child I loved the library – my librarian was very influential in my life – and I loved to read. As a mother, I tried to instill that same love of reading in my children. This is such a wonderful program to help children learn to love to read and become life-long readers.”
“Education and literacy are key focus points for the Investors Foundation,” explained Peacock. “Helping children grow interested in reading and getting a good start in reading readiness before Kindergarten is an exciting opportunity for Investors.”
About the Investors Foundation
Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. The Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. The Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.
About Investors Bank
Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $27 billion in assets and a network of more than 145 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s banking services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses.
Investors Bank: Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.
About Burlington County Library System Foundation
The BCLS Foundation is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to support and shape the libraries within the Burlington County Library System. Launched in 2015 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the organization has grown within a few short years to raise funds, seek grants and promote the library through advocacy.
About Burlington County Library System
The Burlington County Library System has the distinction of serving the largest county geographically. Residents located in 818 square miles of both rural and suburban areas have access to over 1,000,000 items within the system, thousands of periodicals in print or electronic format, as well as more than 60 online databases covering education, health, careers, business, history, genealogy and more. In addition, the mobile library, public use computers, free WiFi access, many great programs for children and adults, and more than 190 dedicated staff members all make up the Burlington County Library System. More information about the Burlington County Library System is available at its website www.bcls.lib.nj.us