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Biddeford Savings supports Scarborough Library initiative

Dec 7, 2012

Scarborough, ME – Louise Capizzo, youth services librarian at the Scarborough Library, is always looking for ways for children to get more out of their library experience. When she heard a story on public radio about an innovative web-based initiative to encourage math literacy in preschool and elementary-aged kids, she thought it would be a good idea to introduce in Scarborough.

Scarborough, ME – Louise Capizzo, youth services librarian at the Scarborough Library, is always looking for ways for children to get more out of their library experience. When she heard a story on public radio about an innovative web-based initiative to encourage math literacy in preschool and elementary-aged kids, she thought it would be a good idea to introduce in Scarborough.

“The Bedtime Math Foundation, a New Jersey-based non-profit organization, established a website – bedtimemathproblem.org – which poses new story problems every day,” notes Capizzo. “Their goal is to weave math into daily life and current events to make it relevant and fun for children. We decided to incorporate the website problems into a program that we could use as part of our weekly story times for kids. We’re calling it Kids Calculate @ Your Library, and we plan to launch it in the new year.”

From left: Lori Boucouvalas, vice president of Biddeford Savings and manager of the bank’s Scarborough office, Patsy Wiggins, president of the Scarborough Library board, Nancy Crowell, library director, and Louise Capizzo, youth services librarian, visit bedtimemathproblem.org, which the Scarborough Library will be introducing to its young readers to encourage math literacy in preschool to elementary-aged children.

In late November, Capizzo’s effort to grow the program at the library received a $1000 boost in support from Biddeford Savings. She notes that the bank’s support will enable the library to purchase books and other materials from the foundation that are designed for various age levels.

The library’s effort comes at a time when new research indicates that learning math at an early age is a significant contributor to a child’s ongoing success in school and in life. A 2007 study in the journal Developmental Psychology found that math skill at the kindergarten age is an even stronger predictor of later school achievement than the ability to pay attention or reading skills.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to support our communities,” says Lori Boucouvalas, vice president of Biddeford Savings and manager of the bank’s Scarborough office, who delivered the check to library officials. “This program’s use of clever story problems to introduce math and financial literacy is a natural fit for support from our bank. We applaud the library’s innovative thinking and Louise’s effort in establishing this program in our community.”

From left: Lori Boucouvalas, vice president of Biddeford Savings and manager of the bank’s Scarborough office, presents a check to Nancy Crowell, Scarborough Library director, and Patsy Wiggins, president of the library board, in support of the library’s math literacy initiative for pre-school to elementary-aged children.

Biddeford Savings, an independent, community-focused mutual savings bank founded in 1867, has offices in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Scarborough, and Waterboro. To learn more, visit biddefordsavings.com.