Inquire Within

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What is Inquire Within?

West Virginia Public Broadcasting is creating dynamic partnerships with libraries around the state. Inquire Within, a grant funded initiative, brings award-winning PBS Kids content to West Virginia’s libraries. In exchange, the libraries agree to offer activities to some of its youngest patrons and their parents. PBS Kids content focuses on the whole child: social emotional learning, early reading literacy, and experiences in STEM content; all resources offered with this program.

Sponsors


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WVPB is Seeking Sponsors for Inquire Within


Inquire Within is a valued program for the libraries that currently offer it, and WVPB would like to extend this program to an additional 22 libraries! Participating libraries are able to serve their communities using trusted PBS Kids content.

These libraries are in need of a sponsor to join the program:

  •     Sutton Public Library
  •     Helvetia Public Library
  •     Lowe Public Library
  •     Southern Area Library
  •     Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library
  •     Morgan County Public Library
  •     Ohio County Public Library
  •     Brooke County Public Library
  •     Shady Spring Branch Library
  •     Vienna Public Library
  •     Putnam County Library
  •     Cowen Public Library
  •     Louis Bennet Public Library
  •     Fort Ashby Public Library
  •     Mary H. Weir Public Library
  •     Ritchie County Public Library
  •     Jackson County Public Library
  •     Dora Bee Woodyard Memorial Library
  •     Martinsburg Public Library
  •     North Berkeley Public Library
  •     Musselman-South Berkeley Community Library
  •     Hedgesville Public Library

If you know someone willing to sponsor a library (or more), please connect with Maggie Holley at (304) 556-4904

(L-R): Previous WVPB education specialist, Harrison Evans, Cabell County Public Library director, Judy Rule, and West Virginia state treasurer, Riley Moore, pose with the Inquire Within banner at the Cabell County Public Library
(L-R): Previous WVPB education specialist, Harrison Evans, Cabell County Public Library director, Judy Rule, and West Virginia state treasurer, Riley Moore, pose with the Inquire Within banner at the Cabell County Public Library

Participating Libraries


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What People Are Saying About Inquire Within


“Inquire Within and our partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting has done so much for our library and the quality of programs we are able to provide our children, families, and adults. We have been able to augment our typical programs with tried-and-true extras from Learning Library. Visitors, such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and the Super Why crew have added so much excitement when they visit, not just from the kids, but also from adults too. It is so great when an adult sees a character and says, ‘Oh, I love them so much. Do you mind if I get a picture?’ We were also able to hold a block party as a kick-off celebration for our Inquire Within program. It was a big hit. So much so that we planned to do it again but were unable to due to the pandemic. But we are hopeful that we will be able to do it again this year!”

Beth Anderson

Burnsville Public Library Director

“Inquire Within has been a tremendous help to our libraries and love giving our patrons things to watch and do!  In this pandemic, especially promoting all WV PBS has to offer has been fun from the characters that we have to the games provided; it has been a great success.  We are glad they chose us to partner with and to be able to offer entertainment to our patrons and something to look forward to.  It is fun to see all those excited children waiting to see what we are doing next.  The characters we had brought in many children as well as the programs we offered.  We hope this continues in the future.  Inquire Within is the best!”

Pamela Thompson

Mason County Public Library Director

“PBS Kids has taken some of the best known and most loved characters from children’s literature and created wonderful programs for children to enjoy.  It was our great pleasure to introduce the children, or re-introduce as the case may be, to the books those characters come from and connect it with fun activities that promote reading and critical thinking.”

Amy Stover

Raleigh County Public Libraries Director