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PPGJLI Supports Libraries in Community Spaces for Literacy, Diversity in Books
By: Planting People Growing Justice
"We will be building more community libraries in partnership with other organizations in the future," said Tyner. "We will be creating libraries in community spaces that support literacy and diversity in books."
The organization is supporting the African American Babies Coalition and its first-of-its-
"The R.A.W. Library is vitally important," said Tyner. "It will support our young scholars in discovering the joy of reading. The R.A.W. Library focuses on teaching Pre-K children about reading, arithmetic, and writing."
PPGJLI is also supporting the Woman's Club of Minneapolis by donating a collection of multicultural books. The Woman's Club of Minneapolis is operated exclusively for charitable, educational, civic, and social service purposes.
Reading, writing, and math skills are commonly viewed as separate and independent skills. A study conducted by Reut Balhinez and Shelley Shaul published in Frontiers in Psychology demonstrated the intrinsic relationship between comprehension in the three disciplines. Literacy is an essential skill that impacts school grades to adult careers.
It is especially important to support sources of children's books and educational resources in our post-COVID pandemic learning environment. Disruptions to in-class instruction resulted in a reduction in reading, writing, and math skills. The problem was compounded by online instruction when many households didn't have access to an internet connection.
PPGJLI is committed to providing programs, initiatives, and resources that serve as a mirror for the BIPOC community. Our support of the libraries at African American Babies Coalition and the Woman's Club of Minneapolis enables children to see themselves in roles they might otherwise not consider (https://www.ppgjli.org). Access to books encourages literacy and aid in the essential connection between reading, writing, and math children need to succeed.
Planting People Growing Justice