The Bass Harbor Memorial Library has received a grant to expand its "first chapter book" collection. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Bass Harbor library gets grant

TREMONT — The Bass Harbor Memorial Library was awarded a $250 grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust to update and enhance their “first chapter book” collection, a crucial section for emerging and struggling readers.

First chapter books are a crucial link between picture books, which are most children’s first foray into reading, and more complex chapter books. “School Library Journal” says of this genre, “Specifically formatted with emerging independent readers in mind, early chapter books help students make the transition from easy readers to longer chapter books with more complex vocabulary and sentence structure, lengthier texts broken into easy-to-digest chapters and illustrations that add detail and help to hold interest.”

The Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust was established in 1986 to help libraries better serve communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000. Samuel Rudman frequently traveled throughout Maine, particularly Down East, on business. He was struck by the commitment to learning and reading as evidenced by a library in the majority of towns he passed through, regardless of their size. He and Rose Rudman encourage libraries in smaller communities to continue to expand programming and outreach through the trust that bears their name.

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