BPL Gets Winnie Belle Learned Fund Grant for Connection Kits


Bradford Public Library receives the VT Library

Foundation – Winnie Belle Learned Fund Grant

State Librarian, Martha Reid, on behalf of the Winnie Belle Learned Fund of the Vermont Public Library Foundation, today announced a grant of $1500 to the Bradford Public Library in Bradford.

The library will use the funding to make Connection Kits to lend out to patrons. The Connection Kits are a hands-on collection of themed books and learning activities. This summer we will feature Dinosaur Dig, Entomology-Insect Explorer, and Boredom Eliminator Travel Kit.

The Vermont Public Library Foundation was established in 2000 by the Vermont Department of Libraries for the benefit of Vermont’s public libraries and to date with the assistance of the Freeman Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants to qualifying libraries.

The Winnie Belle Learned Fund was established in 2006 by Dr. Burnett Rawson in cooperation with the Vermont Community Foundation, in honor of Winnie Belle Learned, a Vermonter, educator, and his benefactress. Dr. Rawson’s goal for the Winnie Belle Learned Fund is to help the public libraries of Vermont foster literacy, love of learning, critical analysis and intellectual exploration in their communities, among children of all ages and their families.

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