January 2019 Awards

Principal Investigator: Kui Xie
Project Dates:01/07/2019-12/31/2019
Anticipated Total Award Amount:$5,000
Project Sponsor: University at Buffalo

MuMoExplore: Exploring critical pedagogy of place and multimodal digital technology to engage young children’s science and literacy learning



Principal Investigator: Kelly Purtell
Project Dates: 10/01/2018-12/31/2019
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $248,628
Project Sponsor: Cincinnati Preschool Promise

Cincinnati preschool promise evaluation (year 2)




Principal Investigator:Gayle Strege
Project Dates:01/01/2019-12/31/2019
Anticipated Total Award Amount:$5,019
Project Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities

Bonnie Cashin American sportswear collection rehousing project

The project is to rehouse an archive collection of 400 apparel textile materials that document the partnership between American Sportswear designer Bonnie Cashin and manufacturer Philip Sills from 1952-1977. The collection is currently stored in at-risk conditions. The artifacts represent the years when Cashin’s design significance emerged in the history of American fashion, capitalizing on the influence of the baby boomers in post WWII American History and an emergence of global cultural awareness on design. Cashin is one of a handful of American women fashion designers whose focus on practical and functional clothing design along with a minimalist aesthetic appeal led to the development of a uniquely American contribution to the history of the garment industry, namely Sportswear. The grant would support purchase of archival hangers, boxes, tissue and other materials needed to properly store and preserve these artifacts.

Principal Investigator:Abel Koury
Project Dates:01/01/2019-12/31/2019
Anticipated Total Award Amount:$5,000
Project Sponsor: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Ready for kindergarten class professional review

The Columbus Metropolitan Libraries’ (CML) Ready for Kindergarten Classes provide a classroom-like setting for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers to have intentional, hands-on practice with kindergarten readiness skills. Staff-led activities are focused on developing the child-adult learning partnership. Over the last two years, work has been done to standardize class content in order to have a consistent approach across all library branches offering the program. In order to assure developmental appropriateness, CML partnered with Abel Koury and Kristen Knight of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CCEC) to review the class curriculum, observe several Ready for Kindergarten classes, and provide recommendations for improvement.