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South Mississippi Regional Library Receives Reading Grant

Monday, November 23, 2020 9:33 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

The South Mississippi Regional Library system is pleased to be a recipient of a Save the Children reading grant.


Since being founded in 1919, Save the Children has worked in over 100 countries to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. Working in Mississippi since 1933, they began implementing evidence-based education programs in 2003 and currently serve almost 900 children in Marion County. The grant funds were awarded to promote literacy during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Supporting reading initiatives from June to August 2020, the grant enabled the Library to provide local children with free books, take home activity kits, and prizes for reading and participation. “We are grateful to have a partnership with Save the Children to serve the youth of our community,” stated Library Director, Ryda Worthy. “They are truly committed to bettering the lives of our children, and we look forward to working with them on future pro-jects.” 


The South Mississippi Regional Library, serving Marion and Jefferson Davis counties, with libraries located in Columbia, Bassfield, and Prentiss, provides resources and information for the educational and recreational needs of its customers. Founded in 1912, the Library has been offering a Summer Reading Program for almost 65 years. The system is supported by the cities of Columbia, Prentiss, Bassfield, and the Marion and Jefferson Davis Counties. 

Submitted by: 
Ryda Worthy 
Library Director 
South Mississippi Regional Library 



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