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Library Corners

In November 2015, WEDU PBS announced a very generous bequest from a long-time viewer. At $4 million, the gift from Mrs. Phyllis Ensign marked the largest gift in our 60-year history. Her gift supported the creation of new local series, paid internships, educational equipment and supplies for teacher workshops, community outreach and more.

To honor Mrs. Ensign’s gift, WEDU PBS donated numerous multimedia library corners to libraries throughout our 16 county viewing area in her name.

Library corners can be found in Lake Wales, Safety Harbor, New Port Richey, Mulberry, Sarasota, North Port, Arcadia, Bradenton and Tampa public libraries.

Applications for the WEDU PBS Phyllis L. Ensign Library Corners are currently closed. Please check back for more information!

Library Corner: Manatee County Library

Library Corner: Manatee County Library

LIBRARY CORNER: Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community

PHYLLIS L. ENSIGN LIBRARY CORNER: Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library

WEDU PBS Library Corners Ribbon Cuttings, Spring 2017

WEDU PBS donated four multi-media library corners to area libraries in Spring 2017.

Eligibility & Resources

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