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50 Iowa libraries receive PBS KIDS "Library Corners"

May 6, 2010

PBS KIDS and Iowa Public Television Partner to Offer
“Library Corners” to Libraries Across Iowa

50 Sites Chosen for Library Corners

(Johnston, Iowa) -- As part of a shared goal of increasing early childhood literacy, Iowa Public Television has joined forces with PBS KIDS to offer PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners to libraries across the state. These special, permanent spots in libraries give children and parents the opportunity to strengthen literacy skills through fun, engaging multi-media platforms.

To celebrate, IPTV KIDS Clubhouse host Dan Wardell will participate in the grand opening of Library Corners in 16 of the selected libraries across the state the week of May 10.

A complete list of Library Corner sites in Iowa is below. Iowa Public Television worked with the State Library of Iowa to determine which sites would most benefit from hosting Library Corners.

The PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners will provide area kids with new opportunities to read and engage through hands-on activities.

Parents, caregivers, teachers, and kids can all use these resources. The corner is a small, colorful space where kids can feel free to play games on a computer, read a book, or watch an educational and interactive literacy skill-building DVD. And of course, characters from favorite books and PBS KIDS programs are part of the fun.

All activities – including self-directed worksheets, online videos, parent-led activities, and more – are based on an existing literacy framework that has its foundation in the National Reading Panel recommendations, encompassing skills such as letter recognition, print awareness, and vocabulary instruction.

The initiative is part of Iowa Public Television’s participation in the PBS KIDS Raising Readers campaign. This national literacy effort focuses on building reading skills at home, at school, in child care centers, and in the community.

IPTV/PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corner Sites

  • Atlantic Public Library
  • Belmond Public Library
  • Burlington Public Library
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library (Dubuque)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library
  • Chariton Public Library
  • Cherokee Public Library
  • Clinton Public Library
  • Columbus Junction Public Library
  • Council Bluffs Public Library
  • Davenport Public Library
  • Des Moines Public Library – Forest Ave.
  • Des Moines Public Library – North
  • Drake Public Library (Centerville)
  • Eagle Grove Public Library
  • Eldon Public Library
  • Fort Madison Public Library
  • Hampton Public Library
  • Hawarden Public Library
  • Ida Grove Public Library
  • Keck Memorial Library (Wapello)
  • Keokuk Public Library
  • Keosauqua Public Library
  • Knoxville Public Library
  • Lecompte Memorial Library (Corydon)
  • Leon Public Library
  • Louise & Lucile Hink – Tama Public Library
  • Marshalltown Public Library
  • Mason City Public Library
  • Mount Ayr Public Library
  • Mount Pleasant Library
  • Musser Public Library (Muscatine)
  • Newton Public Library
  • Norelius Community Library (Denison)
  • Oelwein Public Library
  • Onawa Public Library
  • Oskaloosa Public Library
  • Perry Public Library
  • Red Oak Public Library
  • Roby Memorial Library (Waukon)
  • Shenandoah Public Library
  • Sioux Center Public Library
  • Spencer Public Library
  • Storm Lake Public Library
  • Waterloo Public Library
  • State Library of Iowa (5 for loan to libraries)

Launch Events

Monday, May 10:

  • 9:30 a.m. Fort Madison Public Library
  • 1:00 p.m. Mount Pleasant Public Library
  • 4:00 p.m. Keck Memorial Library (Wapello)

Tuesday, May 11:

  • 10:00 a.m. Cherokee Public Library
  • 1:00 p.m. Spencer Public Library
  • 6:00 p.m. Mason City Public Library (launch event at First United Methodist Church)

Wednesday, May 12:

  • 10:00 a.m. Eagle Grove Public Library
  • 1:30 p.m. Story City Public Library
  • 4:00 p.m. Louise & Lucile Hink - Tama Public Library

Thursday, May 13:

  • 9:00 a.m. Leon Public Library (launch event at Central Decatur South Elementary School)
  • 11:00 a.m. Drake Public Library (Centerville)
  • 1:30 p.m. Knoxville Public Library
  • 4:00 p.m. Oskaloosa Public Library

Friday, May 14:

  • 1:00 p.m. Shenandoah Public Library
  • 4:00 p.m. Red Oak Public Library (launch event at Red Oak Fire Station)
  • 6:00 p.m. Atlantic Public Library

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