Grant approved for the Mount Dora Library!

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The Florida Writers Foundation is pleased to announce our recent grant to the W.T. Bland Public Library. The grant aims to serve the city of Mt. Dora through the ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” The project, designed to ready one-third of Mount Dora’s kindergarten-bound children for reading success by instilling a love of and family routine of reading through the nationally-renown program, will run for three years. The successful completion of this program exposes children to nearly 1.4 million vocabulary words, compared to less than 5,000 words for a five year-old child who is never read to.

Our $1,500-grant will be used to provide a free new book when children reach the 600th book read milestone in the library’s ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ project under the supervision of Cathy Lunday, Library Manager.  The grant is expected to help 300 children and their grown-ups.