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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Weinberg Foundation Doubles Baltimore City School Library Project

The Weinberg Foundation uses that list as a basis for choosing project recipients although it also has its own criteria. "We look for a school with a full-time librarian and strong principal support as to how the library can be utilized through the school, not only for instruction but for community involvement," she says.
The cost and size of the library project varies with the school. The spaces average about 2,000 square feet. The total cost of all construction and programmatic activities runs about $980,000 per library. The foundation contributes, on average, $335,000 per library for capital and operating costs, with a U.S. Department of Education program contributing $360,000 and the city school system $145,000 per library. Partners provide the rest in additional financial and in-kind contributions.

The library project goes beyond the physical. The foundation's funding provides for professional development and to hire an additional staffer at each library to assist the librarian. Partners are providing other services, among them:

• Barnes and Noble, nooks and instructions to teachers on using them in an educational setting;

• Dyslexia Tutoring, teacher training for early identification;

• Enoch Pratt Free Library, management of the Parenting Corner that is being set up in each library, with books on parenting and job search, and access to the Pratt system; and

• Wells Fargo, financial literacy training.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is more than doubling its Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project from the original $2 million commitment to $5 million over the next four years to renovate and/or build libraries at 12 Baltimore City public schools.