St. Louis County Library is partnering with Washington University to promote the findings of “For the Sake of All,” a collaborative, multi-disciplinary report about the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis.

“For the Sake of All,” a project funded in part by Missouri Foundation for Health, not only examines statistics and conditions of life in St. Louis, it makes recommendations for improving our community. The first recommendation has always been among the County Library’s most important purposes: Invest in quality early childhood development for all children. The recommendation echoes the library’s firm commitment to early literacy, and creates a natural partnership between the two institutions.

Copies of the report will be available at all SLCL branches and on the library’s website. Reference librarians will create a reading list to complement the report. For those who would like to use “For the Sake of All” in a larger discussion, the library is creating Book Discussion Kits with the report as a centerpiece. The kits will contain multiple copies of the report, as well as discussion questions.

SLCL will participate in the Early Childhood Resource Fair on March 12 from 5:00-5:30 p.m. at the Parents as Teachers National Center (2228 Ball Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146). The goal of the resource fair is to inform attendees, particularly parents of young children and child care providers, about a wide variety of services for children and families in the St. Louis region. The resource fair will be immediately followed by a 2-hour Community Action Forum on investing in early childhood. Register for the event at the For the Sake of All website.

To learn more about the partnership, please contact Jennifer McBride, Communications Manager at 314-994-3300 ext 2250 or visit www.slcl.org.

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