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Howard Elementary receives grant, will upgrade library

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Howard Elementary School will get a much-needed upgrade to its library thanks to a grant attained by media center technician Justin Jobst.

The school in north Medford off Mace Road is one of 205 schools from 43 states to receive a $5,000 grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

Jobst, who applied for the funds, said the grant will help the school satisfy an urgent need to enhance its nonfiction collection by adding and updating books on technology, science and the arts.

“And we will make sure that many of these books show how it is possible for women to enter and be successful in these fields,” Jobst said.

Jobst said the library also has a need to develop a collection of high-interest and lower reading-level books to help meet the needs of the school’s students “and facilitate removing the stigma that they currently feel when they are stuck reading books written for little children.”

Diversifying its content is also a priority, he added.

“This grant will also help bring books into the collection that reflect the lived experiences of our students,” he said. “It is important that our collection of reading material reflect and show the diversity of language, race and belief that makes up the population of our school.”