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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Center Staff Working with Lincoln Community Foundation on Lincoln Reads Aloud Project

The Lincoln Community Foundation, in partnership with local museums, libraries, and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, was recently awarded funds through the Institute of Museum and Library Services Community Catalyst grant initiative to offer the Lincoln Reads Aloud Program, a community-wide reading aloud initiative. Lincoln Reads
Aloud builds upon momentum established through Prosper Lincoln, an existing community-created collective impact agenda, to situate libraries and museums in Lincoln as initiative leaders to link their cultural, civic, and educational assets to the goal of ensuring all children are kindergarten ready by promoting reading aloud to children aged 0 -8. The project provides museums and libraries with the resources they need to extend their reach through reading-oriented complements to exhibits and events.
University of Nebraska Public Policy Center Associate Director, Dr. Nancy Shank, is providing consultation for monitoring, tracking, and assessing progress to ensure appropriate tools and methodologies are used that best capture progress on process and outcomes to be reported to both the community and the funder.
Key partners include: Lincoln Community Foundation, Lincoln Children’s Museum, Lincoln City Libraries, Midwestern African Museum of Art, Nebraska History Museum, University of Nebraska State Museum, and the Public Policy Center.
The Lincoln Journal Star recently covered this project.