Summer Library Program Grants help libraries expand opportunities for children, teens and adults to improve their reading skills.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Hannibal Free Public Library has been awarded a Summer Library Program Grant of $5,748.

“Libraries are an integral part of our communities, providing Missourians an opportunity to learn and grow through the wealth of knowledge and services they offer,” Ashcroft said. “Grants like the one Hannibal Free Public Library will receive are important to ensuring our libraries have the resources they need to provide the best services and programs to their patrons.”

The library will use the grant to conduct a 10-week summer reading program for all ages, with a special effort to reach unserved or underserved elementary-age children, young adults and adults. The library plans to use creative promotional methods and extra STEAM programming for all ages, and hope to introduce more families to the library and its services.

Summer Library Program Grants help libraries expand opportunities for children, teens and adults to improve their reading skills. They also assist libraries in enriching summer learning experiences and enhancing opportunities to reach unserved summer populations.