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How State Grants Can Be Used - an Eligible Uses Checklist

Revised August 30, 2017

The intended purpose of these funds, according to statute (24-90-401, CRS) is for libraries to obtain educational resources they would otherwise be unable to afford. The Joint Budget Committee has encouraged a focus on early literacy materials. In an effort to accommodate both directives, latitude is provided to honor local control of these funds within established guidelines. This list is intended as a rough guide to materials eligible for purchase with these grants. Contact the State Library with questions or clarification of items or products being considered that are not described here.

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Eligible?

 

Yes

No

Books, periodicals, or any other form of print media.

This may include: bilingual or books in other languages, multiple copies of books, high interest/low reading level, family or adult literacy, developmental education resources, etc. Fiction and non-fiction books (of all ages) are eligible.

X

 

Ebooks & Audiobooks – the content is eligible. A vendor-based ebook subscription is also eligible, as are self-contained audio or video ebooks devices that are pre-loaded with educational content (e.g. “Playaway” type materials). Ebook & audiobook content may include: bilingual or books in other languages, multiple copies of books, high interest/low reading level, family or adult literacy, developmental education resources, etc. Fiction and non-fiction books (of all ages) are eligible.

X

 

Audiovisual materials – CDs, DVDs, other non-print media

Content must relate to educational or early childhood-related purposes.  “Top 40” music and general release movies are not eligible. Media geared toward students and learning are eligible.

X

 

Purchase books for storytime collections.

X

 

Non-circulating collections for staff use in storytimes and other literacy-based early childhood events.

X

 

Collections used by staff or volunteers in preschools or offsite settings that are returned to the library.

X

 

Early literacy activities and educational manipulatives (including robotics) that are packaged for public use and circulated (e.g. kits or backpacks for home use, returned to the library)

X

 

Books and subscriptions for staff professional development.

X

 

Purchase or renew subscriptions to electronic resources such as databases that provide learning and educational content. These could include early literacy focused databases, or general purpose databases.

X

 

Apps for tablets or computers, focused on literacy apps, not entertainment or general office apps

X

 

Circulating technology for accessing learning or educational content, such as ereaders, tablets, wi-fi hotspots, that are available for check-out for patrons and students to take home.

X

 

Processing, postage or shipping related to purchase of new materials

X

 

Purchase or renew subscriptions to electronic resources such as databases that are primarily used for entertainment purposes (such as vendor-based video or music streaming services) or for hobbyists (such as vendor-based genealogy services).

 

X

Hardware such as computers or tablets for staff or in-library use only, including AWE Early Literacy stations.

 

X

Non-circulation EReaders. EBook readers that are for use only in the library, are not eligible.

 

X

Books or other gifts to giveaway as prizes, rewards, or reading incentives

 

X

Early literacy cards given to parents after storytimes, or early literacy brochures distributed to parents or the public

 

X

Quizzes related to accelerated reader programs

 

X

Furniture for children’s areas to facilitate learning and educational use of the library.

 

X

Remodeling, rewiring, or other building projects related to improving learning and educational use of the library.

 

X

Wi-Fi, internet costs and other telecommunication purposes.

 

X

Fees for programming events (such as performers, authors, or speakers).

 

X

Fees for membership to cooperative purchased services (such as AspenCat).

 

X

Early literacy collections that are housed in classrooms, preschools and other partner agencies

 

X

Early literacy activities, manipulatives, or furnishing in the children’s area that are not circulated

 

X

Overhead, grants administration charges, staffing costs

 

X

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