The American Fork Library is receiving two grants to develop its children's collection.

The Carnegie Corp. of New York selected the American Fork Library as a recipient of the Quality Video for Youth series. The library will receive about 30 video renditions of children's books.American Fork Library was one of 250 libraries chosen from among 1,200 applicants for the grant.

The library also is receiving $8,000 from the Utah Library Services and Construction Act, a federally mandated program, to purchase picture and beginning reader books.

Vicky Turner, children's librarian, said the grants will allow the library not only to expand its children's collection but to replace "loved to death" titles and support existing preschool programs.

"With the increased emphasis on literacy and the struggles in education, we are continuing to focus on materials and services for children," Turner said.

"The critical preschool and early elementary years need a broad variety of exciting and visually interesting books.

"Children who have access to many appropriate books can develop the love of reading needed to develop true literacy."

Currently the library has more than 5,000 books for preschool and beginning readers which circulate approximately 60,000 times a year.

"Even the wealthiest family could not replicate the breadth and quality of the books available through the library," said Julie Farnsworth, library director. "

The American Fork Library is located at 64 S. 100 East and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.