• Wonderopolis comes to the Brownsburg Public Library

    January 05, 2012 No comments

    The Brownsburg Public Library has received a $500 mini-grant from the National Center for Family Literacy and Better World Books.

    It is one of only 20 winners nationwide to receive the award, which will promote creative ideas for using Wonderopolis® with families. Wonderopolis.org was created by NCFL in 2010 to provide free, family-friendly content that is practical, easy to use and designed to engage children’s natural curiosity and transform it into a lifelong love of learning. It was one of only five family websites that TIME Magazine named the 50 best websites in 2011. 

    The funding will be used to offer a fun series of programs at the library called “Wonderfull” Wednesdays.  Every Wednesday beginning on January 11, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. we’ll explore a different “wonder”.  What is a cowlick?  Do potatoes see with their eyes?  Why is the sky blue?  Explore the answers to these questions, listen to a story or two, and participate in fun activities centered around the “wonder”.  This is open to all ages (grown-ups too!).

    “Wonderopolis is a free resource for families and schools, so hundreds of educators across the country already are using it to generate excitement for learning in schools, libraries and homes across the country,” said Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL. “But these mini-grants will help the Brownsburg Public Library magnify the reach and impact of this 21st century online learning tool. Other programs and communities also will learn from the Brownsburg Public Library on how they can maximize the use of Wonderopolis.”

    “Educators in schools, libraries, community centers, YMCAs and other community-based organizations are facing budget cuts and other challenges in reaching families,” said John Ujda, vice president of marketing forBetter World Books. “Wonderopolis helps bridge that gap, and these mini-grants will help the Brownsburg Public Library and others continue to foster creativity in learning by helping personalize Wonderopolis for families in their programs and communities.”

    This is the latest partnership effort between NCFL and Better World Books, which began in 2005. 

    ABOUT WONDEROPOLIS AND NCFL

    Wonderopolis provides family-friendly content that is practical, easy to use and designed to engage children’s natural curiosity and transform it into a lifelong love of learning. It was created by the National Center for Family Literacy, which is the worldwide leader in family literacy. More than 1 million families have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL’s work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers. For more information, visit www.famlit.org 

    ABOUT BETTER WORLD BOOKS

    Better World Books (www.BetterWorldBooks.com) is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online matching each purchase with a donation, book for book, and with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives. With more than eight million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by conducting book drives on thousands of college campuses and libraries. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $10 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 5 million books; re-used or recycled over 64 million books and achieved 23,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon balanced shipping.

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