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Laramie County School District 1's libraries received a "digital boost" this year thanks to a special $32,000 grant provided by the Cheyenne Schools Foundation.

Due to the grant, district librarians were able to purchase 975 eBooks and digital audiobooks that can be accessed by every elementary school student. The high schools received 341 eBooks and digital audiobooks to share. At the junior high level, 266 shared eBooks and digital audiobooks were purchased.

"This purchase greatly builds on the eBook/ audiobook collection we already had started," said Sarah Horen, Triumph High librarian and elementary library liaison. "It affords equal, easy access to all of our district students and really brings our district libraries up to speed, digitally, with other schools nationwide."

When she was approached by CSF with the idea, LCSD1's Language Arts Coordinator Tiffany Rehbein reached out to the librarians and asked them to provide a plan.

"The grant couldn't have come at a better time," Rehbein said. "It has been a great example of a community partnership and everybody coming together with a great idea to give students more access to books."

CSF is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Wyoming corporation. Its mission is to engage community interest and support for enhanced academic, personal, and vocational opportunities for LCSD1 students beyond the capacity of the local school district budget. To fulfill this mission, the foundation provides grants to classroom teachers.

"After awarding the grants last fall, the Foundation had more money than what had been established as its normal reserve," Yates said. "The extra money was the result of the generosity and support of our local community combined with the low number of grant applications received for this school year. We attribute the decrease in applications to the Covid-19 pandemic."

Due to the grant, district librarians were able to purchase 975 eBooks and digital audiobooks that can be accessed by every elementary school student. The high schools received 341 eBooks and digital audiobooks to share. At the junior high level, 266 shared eBooks and digital audiobooks were purchased.

"This purchase greatly builds on the eBook/ audiobook collection we already had started," said Sarah Horen, Triumph High librarian and elementary library liaison. "It affords equal, easy access to all of our district students and really brings our district libraries up to speed, digitally, with other schools nationwide."

When she was approached by CSF with the idea, LCSD1's Language Arts Coordinator Tiffany Rehbein reached out to the librarians and asked them to provide a plan.

"The grant couldn't have come at a better time," Rehbein said. "It has been a great example of a community partnership and everybody coming together with a great idea to give students more access to books."

CSF is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Wyoming corporation. Its mission is to engage community interest and support for enhanced academic, personal, and vocational opportunities for LCSD14 was the result of the generosity and support of our local community combined with the low number of grant applications received for this school year. We attribute the decrease in applications to the COVID-19 pandemic."

According to Horen, the purchase allows students to access materials from home if they are quarantined, so they won't miss out on recreational reading, required reading, or a class assignment that needs a library book.

"With decreased applications, the Foundation decided that working with the district's librarians would be the best way to provide the most benefit for students across the district and at all grade levels, including students attending class virtually," Yates said.