The State Library of North Carolina announced the 2023-2024 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awardees today. This year's federal allotment will be distributed on behalf of North Carolina's libraries through programs and services available under the North Carolina LSTA Five Year Plan.
The 48 awards, totaling $2,590,904, go to local library projects that:
- Promote Community Engagement,
- Provide Equitable Access, or
- Support Responsive Organizations
LSTA grants are awarded in response to specific needs of public, academic, and community college libraries.
“Libraries are essential and trusted community institutions,” said Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Reid Wilson. “They provide programs and services that make all our lives richer, from checking out books to toddler story time to internet access for homework and job searches. These federal funds are investments that will help libraries deliver relevant and innovative services to their communities.”
Gaston College’s Morris Library will enhance the existing learning resources offered to the Gaston College community with an Emerging Technologies Lab. The lab will provide a creative learning environment where students work independently or in small groups to collaborate, create, learn, and share ideas, focusing on supporting STEM through experiential learning opportunities.
Pettigrew Regional Libraries will offer emergency medical training in their libraries for its residents. The programs will be available for children and adults and will train residents on what to do in an emergency, such as calling 911, basic first aid, administering Narcan, and CPR training. Additionally, the library will be equipped with AED machines and trauma kits.
The Haywood County Public Library plans to create a literacy walk as part of the new community orchard and garden project planned for the Canton Recreation Park. Grant funds will enable the establishment of a story walk, which will promote early literacy skills and will encourage people of all ages to engage in physical activity. The literacy walk will begin at the entrance of the park, just over a half mile walk from the Canton branch, enabling a connection with the community outside library walls.
Chapel Hill Public Library aims to help adults with limited-English proficiency (LEP) apply for a driver’s license in North Carolina. Chapel Hill Public Library will engage local immigrant and refugee community members to design, produce, and distribute a series of short videos and materials that will outline driver’s license requirements, highlight resources, and provide tips for navigating the process of getting a license.
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).
See the full list of awardees at https://slnc.info/SLNC-LSTA.
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The State Library of North Carolina enriches the lives of North Carolinians through access to information resources, strengthens communities through exceptional library services, and inspires and supports literacy and lifelong learning for all North Carolinians.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.
The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the North Carolina Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit www.ncdcr.gov.