DOTHAN — With support from a Target grant, Troy University will add $4,000 worth of children's books to the Dothan Campus library, which will be used by local learning programs and as a resource for education majors.
The Dothan Campus library recently received $2,000 from Target's Early Childhood Reading Grant program, which supports reading initiatives at schools, libraries and non-profit organizations. TROY will match the grant, and use the funds to purchase new children's books that will be used by Girls, Inc. in Dothan, and the Summer Spectacular learning camp sponsored by TROY's College of Education.
Summer Spectacular is a four-week learning enrichment program for local children ages 7 to 12 led by students in the Dothan Campus education program. About 150 area children participate each summer. TROY students make extensive use of children's books available in the campus library when planning lessons and activities for Summer Spectacular.
Chris Shaffer, Director of Library Services at the Dothan Campus, said the books will also be available for checkout by members of the community through a long standing partnership with Houston-Love Memorial Library.
“Members of the community with a valid library card can check out books and other materials from the Dothan Campus library," Shaffer said. “We hope these new children's books will benefit local families as much as they will the students in our education department."
Co-directors of the grant project with Shaffer include education professors Dr. Bertha Roberts, Dr. Jee Hae Lee and Dr. Cynthia Hicks.