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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An $85,000 grant awarded to Memphis Public Library will be applied toward offering a mix of youth literacy programming.

It's the third consecutive year that the library system has applied for and received the grant from Memphis-headquartered International Paper.

The funds will expand a variety of youth and childhood developmental reading programs and learning resources at the 18 local branches, including:

  • computers, books and other technologies at Teen Innovation Centers
  • a new Teen Center at the Frayser branch
  • literacy events and free resources for students during summer break
  • books and literacy games for early childhood (ages 0 to 5) 
  • expanding take-home learning kits, workshop tools, classes and camps

"The Memphis Public Libraries are a driver in creating fresh ideas and programs that continue drawing in the public, and much of this progress in recent years is due to International Paper's support," said Christine Weinreich, executive director of the Memphis Library Foundation, in a release.

The library system applied the funds from last year's IP grant to open four new Teen Innovation Centers.

Education is one of International Paper's signature causes," said Rachel Ozols Purdom, community engagement coordinator for IP.

"Libraries are a critical resource in any community."

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