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State Library Announces Federal Grants to Local Libraries



The State Library of North Carolina announces the Community Partnerships for Literacy Mini-Grants. The eight awards go to local library projects that support the creation of literacy and learning centers in local community places. Libraries with community partners can establish an environment of familial and intergenerational learning in their communities.


Beaufort County Community College plans to partner with Open Door Women's Shelter to facilitate the establishment of a Navigation Room within the shelter. The Navigation Room will provide a private meeting space for residents to meet with social workers or case managers, for children to do homework, read, and play, allow for residents to work on resumes, job searches, or connect with family, and a space to offer enrichment classes. This multipurpose space aims to address the limited privacy within the living facility and empower families and individuals to access resources and progress toward independence.


The Davidson Literacy Center project is a collaboration with the Davidson County Department of Social Services and will provide furnishings, educational toys, and books to create two literacy centers located within Social Services. The centers will serve as visitation rooms for foster children and their families who need a comfortable, safe, and fun home-like environment to visit with each other, interact in a healthy manner, and build, rebuild, or sustain relationships. The books and educational toys will provide a way for family members to interact so that they connect and build literacy skills.


These grant awards are made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-253645-OLS-23).


LSTA grants are awarded in response to specific needs of public, academic, and community college libraries. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services to their communities.


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