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Ready to Read is a grant-funded program created to encourage use of the library by low-income families. It is administered by the Asheville-Buncombe Library System and the Buncombe County Health Department.
Ready to Read is funded through a grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Across this country, libraries are used largely by middle and upper income families. Low income families, those who need services most, frequently do not take advantage of the services available to them at their public library. The Asheville-Buncombe Library System has joined with the Buncombe County Health Department to reach out to low-income families. Free books have been distributed to families and special event days are planned at library branches.
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