Pacific Power Foundation has awarded a grant for $1,000 to the Libraries Reading Outreach in Clatsop County program. This program serves all rural youth ages 0-19 outside the city limits of Astoria, Seaside, and Warrenton and provides free library cards for those children at their closest public library. The program was established in 2009 and continues to grow, with support from Pacific Power, Clatsop County, the city of Seaside, and other private and public donors. The goal of the program is to provide access for library services to all children in Clatsop County regardless of their geographical location.
The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.8 million customers in six western states as Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.
The Seaside Public Library and Warrenton Community Library were awarded a joint $36,800 grant from the State Library this July. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Technology Act grant, the grant will allow the Warrenton Community Library to become fully automated, update their library webpage, provide digital ebooks and audiobooks, and have a shared library catalog with Seaside. The grant also includes finishing the remaining portion of the Seaside Library’s Radio Frequency Identification book circulation project.
The Seaside Public Library was also awarded a Library Services and Technology Act mini-grant of $3,000 to provide a book collection refresh for the Seaside library, Knappa Elementary School and Jewell schools. This grant was in support of the Libraries Reading Outreach in Clatsop County program. The Astoria Public Library also received a separate $3,000 mini grant (also from the state Library LSTA grant) to refresh their children’s library collection.