Arlington Alliance For Youth Grants Support Library Events for Youth
The Arlington Public Library was among local organizations that received grants from Arlington Alliance For Youth on January 20. The Library received six grants in support of programs and events for babies, children, and teens.
Craig Weitz, Arlington Alliance For Youth president, drew connections between their dream for youth and the opportunities available for children in the American Dream City. Arlington Alliance For Youth believes children should have caring adults, safe places with structured activities, healthy lifestyles, effective education, and opportunities for community service. The Library helps meet these goals through parenting workshops, live events for children, literacy programs, and more.
The grants will boost the Library’s work in supporting quality education and championing great neighborhoods. Four grants will fund Summer Reading Club programs for ages 0-4 and grades kindergarten-6, 7-8, and 9-12. Another grant will support Teddy Bear Carnival. This annual event for ages 0-4 features storytimes, carnival style activities that incorporate literacy, sons, rhymes, and a collaborative art project. The sixth grant supports the Library’s new special-needs storytime, Born to Stand Out. Beginning in March, this welcoming storytime will offer hands-on, sensory-friendly activities for children of all ages and abilities.