SBSI Grant Supports Early Literacy Stations

(L-R) Louise Capizzo, Library Youth Services Manager, accepts a check in support of the Library’s Early Literacy Stations (seen in background) from Melanie Lee, SBSI Scarborough Branch Manager, and Terri Litchfield, SBSI Scarborough Branch Teller.

SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library was awarded a grant from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution (SBSI) in the amount of $5,148 to fund two new Early Literacy Stations (ELS) for the Library’s Youth Room. The stations were installed in December 2015.

Early Literacy Stations are designed specifically for children ages 2-8 and feature over 4,000 localized learning activities that span all seven curricular areas: math; science & nature; social studies & geography; reading; art & music; writing & computer skills; and reference. The stations offer a mouse and keyboard designed for tiny hands, as well as a touch screen feature. 

“The Early Literacy Stations are very popular with young families who visit our Library,” says Nancy Crowell, Library Director. “The systems allow children to move through tutorials at their own pace and introduce children to technology in a safe and innovative way. They also compliment the traditional early literacy services we provide, including our weekly story times and reader advisory for parents. We’re very grateful for the many years Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution has shared our commitment to make these interactive learning tools available to our youngest visitors.”  

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution has a long history of supporting early literacy technology at the Library. In 1999, they funded the purchase of two iMacs for the Youth Room. The iMacs were replaced in 2006 with the newer Early Literacy Station technology through a second grant from SBSI. The community bank also funded the purchase of a replacement station in 2009. In 2012, SBSI awarded the Library a $6,000 grant to support its new e-book Cloud Library.  

For additional information about early literacy programming and services offered at the Scarborough Public Library, visit their website at www.scarboroughlibrary.org. To learn more about ways Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution supports the communities it serves, go to www.sbsavings.com/community-investment.aspx