August 22, 2011

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Grant will help enhance early literacy First Five Years programs across the system

(Brooklyn, NY) August 22, 2011 – Brooklyn Public Library announced today that they received a $50,000 grant received from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation for the Library’s First Five Years Program, an initiative that brings early literacy programs across the Library’s 60 branches.

“Our First Five Years programs offer young children and families the opportunity read together, play together, and learn together in a fun and rich environment,” said Rachel Payne, Coordinator of Children’s and Family Services at Brooklyn Public Library. “This generous donation by Walmart will help us to continue enhancing early literacy programs for young children at BPL so they can develop the skills they will need to be successful in school and in life.”

Brooklyn Public Library’s First Five Years programs cover a spectrum of early literacy initiatives and services for children birth through age five and are available at all of Brooklyn Public Library's 60 neighborhood locations. Programs for parents and children include Babies & Books (ages birth to 18 months), Toddler Time (ages 18 months to 3 years), Preschool Story Time (ages 3 to 5 years), and Story Play (ages birth to 5 years). BPL children’s specialists also bring the message of the importance of reading with young children to parents who may never come to the library by conducting outreach in child care centers, doctors’ offices and hospitals, early childhood programs, family shelters, and other community agencies throughout Brooklyn.

The grant to Brooklyn Public Library was received through Walmart’s State Giving Program which supports organizations with programs that align with the company’s mission to create opportunities so people can live better. State Advisory Councils, made up of local Walmart associates, represent each state and determine the needs within their state.

Since 2007 Walmart has contributed close to $13 million to non-profits across New York City. The company is proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit

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