Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 14, 2017
September 14, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #19

WEDU PBS Phyllis L. Ensign Library Corner Grant


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri R. Coryea, Neighborhood Services Department Director, x3468

Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager, x6301

Action Requested

Authorization for the Board of County Commissioners to accept a non-monetary grant from PBS television station WEDU which includes a multi-media library corner.  This library corner includes a reading rug, bookshelf, age-appropriate books and DVDs in the lending collection, and 2 electronic tablets.

Authorization for the Library Services Manager to execute the grant award agreement with WEDU PBS.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Background Discussion

The Manatee County Library System has been awarded a non-monetary grant from PBS television station WEDU.  The grant provides a collection of print and electronic resources and furnishings to the South Manatee Library as a "library corner."

As part of the Manatee County Public Library System, the South Manatee Library was selected due to their demographics and available space.  The area has a large Hispanic population, high poverty rate, and large English learner community.  The library corner is ideally suited to enhance the literacy rate of children and families in this area by introducing print and electronic resources which may not otherwise be available.

In November 2015, WEDU received a generous donation from Phyllis L. Ensign, a long-time viewer, to support her love of reading in underserved communities.  Funds from the donation were used to purchase a multi-media library corner including a bookshelf, reading run, children's books, DVDs, CDs, 2 electronic tablets loaded with PBS apps, and other literacy resources.  Library staff will be trained in the usage of all resources within the lending collection.

Additionally, Manatee County Libraries will host a ribbon cutting ceremony in partnership with WEDU PBS to mark the official opening of the library corner.  Also, the South Manatee Library will host monthly programs and activities utilizing these donated materials.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please forward an approved copy of the authorization to Cheri Coryea by email at cheri.coryea@mymanatee.org, Ava Ehde at ava.ehde@mymanatee.org, and Lorrie See at lorrie.see@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Signed Grant Agreement WEDU PBS Library Corner Agreement.pdf