HARRISBURG, PA — The state Department of Education recently announced that library-affiliated organizations in six counties have been awarded $1.2 million in competitive grants to develop and implement services that benefit communities by supporting libraries as anchor institutions.
“Libraries provide critical resources for adults, children and organizations throughout their communities, and they have long been evolving to meet the changing needs of their patrons,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “These grants will enable the libraries to expand current services, create new ones and improve their engagement with community members.”
The federal grant funds are provided annually to states from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers these funds to support local and statewide programs for public, school, academic and special libraries.
Libraries and associated organizations use the grants to increase digital library resources, provide training and support to staff, improve services to underserved populations, and expand workforce development services.
Organizations receiving grants include:
- Pennsylvania Library Association, Cumberland County – $181,885
- Pennsylvania Integrated Library System, Dauphin County – $635,000
- PA Academic Library Consortium, Inc., Delaware County – $98,161
- Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research, Lackawanna County – $99,880
- Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Philadelphia County – $139,480
- Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, York County – $73,999
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
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