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Originally published: 2014-07-09 13:06:04
Last modified: 2014-07-09 13:06:46

Regional Library receives planning grant

by Staff Reports

The libraries of the Appalachian Regional Library -- Ashe County Public Library, Watauga County Public Library, Western Watauga Branch Library, Wilkes County Public Library and Traphill Branch library -- have been awarded a $34,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) planning grant for 2014-15.


The funding will be used to help develop a five-year plan to meet community needs and determine how to balance regional and local control and share resources in the library's three counties.


"We will first spend some time and effort to assess our communities, including surveying and talking with folks in all three counties, so that we will have a clear understanding of what our communities need and want from their public libraries," said Jane Blackburn, director of the Appalachian Regional Library.


LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of North Carolina are made possible through funding from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds library projects across the state that advance literacy and lifelong learning, expand access to library resources and expertise, promote partnerships and collaboration and digitize materials important to the cultural heritage of North Carolina. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.


The Appalachian Regional Library received two of the 52 competitive LSTA grants for fiscal year 2014-15 awarded to North Carolina libraries. In addition to the planning grant, the region received a grant to fund a childhood literacy project.


For more information about North Carolina's LSTA program, visit the State Library of North Carolina's LSTA web page at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ld/grants/lsta.html or contact the State Library's Federal Programs Consultant at 919-807-7400.