(Hartford) June 24, 2015, The Connecticut State Library Board, at its June meeting, approved $46,116 in federal funding for projects in eight communities. The State Library receives funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to support statewide initiatives and services. Each year, the State Library makes some of the funds available through a competitive grant process. The LSTA program is administered by the State Library’s Division of Library Development. This year’s five grant categories were Every Child Ready to Read pre-literacy programs, services to multilingual populations, services to persons with disabilities, programs for older adults, and programs for young adults. The Division of Library Development received 20 applications. The eight projects that were recommended for funding and awarded grants by the State Library Board were:
Beacon Falls Public Library, $5,241
Beacon Falls Public Library will host two multi-session successful aging programs for older adults to provide information and activities to support better long term mental and physical health. “Tracing Your Family Tree” will provide participants with a lifelong learning activity to keep them mentally active. “Healthy Cooking” sessions will show how to make healthier meals, especially for those with diabetes, to stay physically healthy.
Bethel Public Library, $7,409
In response to input from the community, the Bethel Public Library will present a series of free educational programs for teens ages 11-18. The Library will host a series of writing workshops which will encourage creativity, self-expression, and improve lifelong learning and writing skills. The Library will also have a series of theater workshops which will teach confidence, self-expression, and creativity. Finally, the Library will host a series of technology workshops that will provide a place for teens to learn collaboratively and share their knowledge with others.
Douglas Library of Hebron, $4,941
The Douglas Library of Hebron designed a program to help the area’s young adults realize that the Library is there for them to enjoy, be inspired by, and feel comfortable in. The dual focuses of the project are to create a community garden and establish a MakerSpace. Both of these opportunities give teens a new avenue for completing community service in a meaningful and creative way.
East Lyme Public Library, $6,632
Middle school students who participate in the iMovie Makers Project at the East Lyme Public Library will learn the various disciplines of filmmaking which include creative writing, storyboarding, cinematography, editing, and the use of technology. Experienced filmmakers and video artists will lead multiple full-day and half-day workshops using iPads and apps. Participants will learn the art of video storytelling as they use their imaginations and creativity to produce exciting films for their peers.
Ferguson Library, Stamford, $7,500
Through its program “American Citizenship and Beyond,” the Ferguson Library will provide resources, programs, and assistance to foreign-born non English speakers in the community who want to become informed citizens. The library will establish a citizenship resource center with citizenship classes, immigration law presentations, materials for study and language learning, and assistance with filling out applications.
James Blackstone Library, Branford, $6,458
LSTA grant funds will expand the capabilities of the Blackstone Library’s teen program, Maker Mondays, which allows young adults to get hands-on experience learning 21st century technology. By purchasing equipment to accommodate additional participants, hosting qualified instructors who can offer additional sessions at different dates/times, and providing related materials for circulation to help continue to develop skills learned in each session, the Library can expand the Maker Mondays program to reach more of the target population.
Public Library of New London, $3,000
This project by the Public Library of New London will reach out to parents and guardians of children under the age of 4 to provide them with pre-literacy tools to help ensure that their children will arrive at school ready to read. Every Child Ready to Read programs will be held at multiple community locations and will be provided simultaneously in English and Spanish to ensure inclusivity. Parents will be encouraged to practice what they learned while reading, singing, and reciting rhymes to their children at home.
Seymour Public Library, $4,935
Responding to results from a survey of the local older adult population, the Seymour Public Library will offer free series of classes in Drawing, Memoir Writing, and Tai Chi. These classes will offer lifelong learning opportunities and the chance to learn new skills while encouraging individuality and creativity in a supportive environment. Participants will have the opportunity to meet other residents in the community, become involved, and share their experiences.
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