Banks Public Library wins $3,000 grant

Banks – The Banks Public Library won a $3,000 grant from the National Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act (LTSA), which is administered by the State Library of Oregon.

The Banks Public Library used the $3,000 federal grant to purchase about 300 new books for the library’s youth collections catalog, Youth Services Librarian Susan Cackler said, including fiction and nonfiction books for kids of all ages through 18 years of age.

Parents can grow weary of reading the same stories night after night to younger kids, so here are some notable titles for young children in the new book collection that might allow a mom or dad to change things up:

Fantastic Flowers by Susan Stockdale — This book is celebrated in online book reviews for its engaging rhymes and bright images that act for young children as an introduction to the world of flowers, especially orchids. More about the book is available on Stockdale’s website.

Noisy Night by Mac Barnett — The story is set in a city apartment building where the residents on each floor can hear their neighbors. The book takes kids on a journey floor by floor to show them who is dancing, singing and cheering, and how all of them are keeping awake a grumpy old man. A trailer for the book is available to watch on YouTube here.

If My Love were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song by Luke Reynolds — A bedtime picture book that spurred a children’s song by the same name. Reynolds said the idea for the book came to him one night when his infant son could not fall asleep and he started singing anything he could. “If my love were a fire truck, the sirens would flash all night,” became the mantra he sang each night rocking his baby to sleep. Watch the author tell the story here.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ grant programs provide funds to state libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act of 2003 — the only federal program exclusively for libraries.

Grants are awarded using a population-based formula and are not only used to purchase new books but to fund programs that make library resources more accessible to rural, urban and low-income residents, although the federal funds primarily support activities that use technology for information sharing between libraries and other community services.

“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for our small library to add a significant number of new, quality books to our collections,” Banks Public Library Director Denise Holmes said.

The Banks Public Library, which has six employees, serves the entire Banks School District with a population of about 1,200 kids, Cackler said.

More information about the federal library grant program’s impact on Oregon is available here.


Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson holds a bachelors in journalism and an MBA in marketing. He’s a10-time, Oregon SPJ award-winning journalist, a two-time winner of an ADDY (advertising) for copywriting, and a one-time award winner for fiction for the NW Coastal Writer’s Series. Email: Twitter: @rosecitywriting