July 1, 2016 –
The Tempe Public Library is growing its services to young readers, and a new focus is literacy for children ages 5 to 8.
Allison Burke, youth services supervisor at the library, said the new John Gannon Literacy Center (JGLC) will open this fall.
“The JGLC is named for a long-time library employee whose legacy is supporting endeavors toward advancing children’s literacy,” she said.
The focus of the program is unique, she said, “because the public library focus for many years has been on early literacy, typically ages 1 to 5. Our mission within this space will be small-group, engaged literacy opportunities for caregivers and their school-aged children.”
The library also has other youth programs for the summer, including summer reading. Burke said that the Tempe library boasts the largest square footage of all youth spaces in public libraries nationally.
“Beyond our library programs, we provide access to free internet and research databases for students. We have six literacy computers for kids that were generously donated by The Friends of the Library. These computers host a plethora of learning and literacy games.”
The library also partners with College Connect and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. “These relationships support our library mission and encourage youth to participate in service, leadership, and job/college preparation,” Burke said.
The library also hosts Totally Tempe Tuesdays, which offers programs and events for the entire family.
“Summer is an awesome time in the library.”