WEDU PBS Phyllis L. Ensign Library Corners
In November 2015, WEDU announced a very generous bequest from a long-time viewer. At $4 million, the gift from Mrs. Phyllis Ensign marks the largest gift in WEDU’s 58 year history.
Her gift has supported the creation of new local series like THAT’S ALL I’M SAYING WITH ERNEST HOOPER, provide for paid internships on WEDU’s SUNCOAST BUSINESS FORUM program, provide educational equipment and supplies for teacher workshops and community outreach – to mention just a few.
To honor Mrs. Ensign’s gift, WEDU is also donating at least 16 multimedia library corners to libraries throughout WEDU’s 16 county viewing area in her name.
The first five library corners are now open
WEDU has donated the first five library corners to Lake Wales, Safety Harbor, New Port Richey, Sarasota, and Mulberry public libraries during ribbon cutting celebrations.
Additional library corners will open soon!
In July 2017, WEDU announced the donation of two more library corners to Hardee County Library, South Manatee Library and University Area Community Public Library. Ribbon cutting celebration dates will be announced.
Check out photos from the ribbon cuttings in the WEDU Photo Gallery.
Library Corners Include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- WEDU PBS library corner reading rug
- Library corner bookshelf
- WEDU PBS library corner pop-up banner
- PBS Kids character standee
- 20-25 PBS Kids lending collection books
- 15-20 PBS Kids lending collection DVDs
- 2 electronic tablets loaded with PBS apps
- Collection of 6 turnkey activity sessions with materials
- Display stand with family resource guide, take-home materials for parents, activity sheets and more
- Training for library staff on PBS Read-Aloud program, Florida PBS LearningMedia, PBS Kids Lab and more
- Assorted bookmarks, pencils, etc.
To Be Eligible:
- Applicant must be part of the public library system within WEDU’s 16 county viewing area
- A minimum of 20% of the applicant’s served audience must be at or below poverty level
- Applicant must attend a training session presented by WEDU PBS
- Selected locations must host a ribbon cutting event in partnership with WEDU PBS
- Selected locations must host scheduled activities utilizing the donated materials at regular intervals
- Selected library locations must complete a brief online survey following scheduled library corner activities
- Selected locations must complete a grant award agreement
- Applicant must complete the online application (below)
- Priority is given to public library locations that are open year-round
If you’re a Grantee Library looking for the activity report and other resources, click here.
Check back in January for the next application round!
Applications for the next round of WEDU PBS Phyllis L. Ensign Library Corners will be accepted beginning in January 2018. Past applicants that have not already been awarded a library corner will be reconsidered during this second round. If you need to update a previously submitted application, please resubmit your application below and your most current version will be used during the consideration process.
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