Grant to fund program specialist at library

Friends of the Library received a grant of $20,000 from Monterey Peninsula Foundation to help Library literacy services.

The Friends of the San Benito County Free Library received a grant of $20,000 from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to support a part-time library program specialist. The Library Program Specialist will work in concert with library staff in reaching out to families and children. The program specialist will promote awareness of emergent literacy practices and library services through mobile outreach services and internal library programs.

The distribution of free children’s books will be incorporated into the emergent literacy programs and outreach efforts. The children’s book distribution component is being implemented to assist parents and their children in starting a home library and to promote a love of reading and learning within the home environment. Parents will also be provided with information on reading readiness practices and its impact.

The Friends of the Library will contribute matching funds from their Adopt-a-Book Fund and Adult Literacy Fund to purchase needed books and materials for the program. San Benito County Free Library provides the space and supplies needed.

About the Friends of the Library
The Friends of the San Benito County Free Library are a 501(c)3 organization. They promote the welfare and growth of the Library, to enrich its resources, and make its services better known to the community, support the efforts of our library’s administration and staff and to offer suggestions on needed programs and services, sponsor youth programs such as the Kids Club, the Summer Reading program, Story time, and after-school activities, provide funds for books, supplies,and equipment not funded in the library’s budget, and so much more. For additional information, click here or their Facebook page here.

About the San Benito County Free Library
The San Benito County Free Library serves more than 55,000 residents in San Benito County. The main library branch is located at 470 Fifth St. in Hollister, and the Bookmobile, its mobile branch, travels throughout the county. The SBCFL strives to build an information- and culturally-rich, healthy, and economically vibrant community, where residents are inspired to imagine and prepare for the future together. For more information, click here.

About the Monterey Peninsula Foundation
The Monterey Peninsula Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life in Monterey County and surrounding areas through funding organizations and programs that demonstrate the greatest positive outcomes. The Foundation focuses special attention on youth development and educational programs. Additional information can be found at



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