A large part of IMCPL’s mission is to develop the love of reading among children. Our youth literacy programs were extremely popular with kids of all ages. Nearly 56,000 children and families participated in the 2009 Summer Reading Program, “Undercover Readers.”
Over 22,000 preschoolers and their parents spent time reading aloud together during the 2009 November Read-Aloud program, “Join the Pigeon’s Crowd! Read Aloud!”
Our Little Bitty Bookmobiles introduced the world of books to over 76,000 children at preschools and home day cares at nearly 3,800 sites.
“Paws to Read” expanded to more branches where reluctant young readers gained confidence by reading to a trained therapy dog.
Parents and caregivers took advantage of over 3,000 story time programs for babies and preschoolers to help them develop language skills.
IMCPL offered 583 free computer classes that were attended by 3,581 individuals. These classes helped individuals discover online resources for job search help and market research, as well as learn new computer skills.
The Library also provided assistance for patrons to file unemployment claims. At Central Library alone, 2,853 individuals filed claims in a section of the Computer Lab reserved for that purpose. Many branches provided similar service.
Due to increased demand for free computer access, IMCPL embarked on a system-wide computer expansion for people to access the Internet and do personal business. The installation of 81 PCs gave IMCPL a total of 619 free access computers.