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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       CONTACT: Ranjna Das         
                                                                                                                                        (609) 267-9660
DATE: Thursday, March. 7, 2019                                                                            Patricia Parente
                                                                                                                                         (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081              


More than $9,000 in Funding Earmarked for Literacy Initiatives


Burlington County Library System (BCLS) Director Ranjna Das is pleased to announce that BCLS received $9,497 in grant funding, which will support new literacy initiatives to benefit county residents.

BCLS was one of a dozen public libraries to receive a 2018 Literacy Collection Development Grant from the New Jersey State Library. The $1,997 grant allows the library system to update and expand the literacy collection available to the growing English Language Learners (ELL) community at BCLS. Specifically, the funds will be used to purchase high-school equivalency prep books (GED, HiSET, and TASC); fiction for beginning to intermediate adult readers; the Oxford Picture Dictionary; and financial literacy books. A sampling of the expanded BCLS Adult Literacy Collection materials will be on display at the Adult Literacy Resource Fair set for March 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Burlington County Library.

In addition, the Burlington County Library System Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks financial support on behalf of the library system, was the recipient of a $7,500 grant from Literacy Access Fund. The funds enabled the purchase of a new AWE Platinum computer designed for 21st century digital learning, as well as a suite of coding robots that offer hands-on digital literacy learning programs.

“Grant funding is vital to any library, and with a system as large as BCLS we are always looking to pursue opportunities that enable us to enhance our offerings to the community,” said Das. “BCLS is fortunate to have passionate staff members who seek out and apply for grants, as well as a dedicated Foundation that secures funding on our behalf. This team effort helps us to continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of Burlington County residents of all ages.”

According to Burlington County Library System Commission Chair Jonathan Chebra, “the grant from the New Jersey State Library will help BCLS fulfill its mission to enrich lives by providing opportunities for learning, growth and personal development by expanding the BCLS Adult Literacy Collection.” This project is supported by funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the New Jersey State Library.

A 501(c)(3), public charity, Literacy Access Fund secures funding from corporate, foundation, and individual partners to provide financial support to underfunded public libraries through a competitive granting process. The goal of the organization is to help libraries provide equal access to quality resources for young learners, regardless of economic factors. The award was made possible through partnership funding from Republic Bank, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

About the Burlington County Library System Foundation
The mission of the Burlington County Library System Foundation (BCLSF) is to seek private financial support to shape libraries as a fundamental community resource for now and future generations. The BCLSF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the libraries within the Burlington County Library System (BCLS), which is comprised of 15 locations and enriches lives by providing opportunities for learning, growth, and personal development.

About Literacy Access Fund
The mission of Literacy Access Fund is to make literacy a possibility for every child, in every community. The organization supports the public library as a community learning hub and a vital extension of the classroom and awards grants to underfunded public libraries to increase equal access to early literacy skills for young learners. Literacy Access Fund is headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania, with the ability to support public libraries across the United States.


About the New Jersey State Library:
The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University (TESU), connects people with information and resources through its service to libraries, government, TESU students and staff, and New Jersey residents, including those with special needs. NJSL provides support for public, school, academic, and special libraries, and continues to promote services for learners of all ages, including key areas of continuing need such as literacy, business outreach, workforce development, disaster preparedness and technology. For more information, visit


About The Institute of Museum and Library Services:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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