Everett Libraries Awarded Federal Library Services and Technology Act Grant

On Monday, July 23rd the mayor was pleased to announce that the Everett Public Libraries were recently awarded a Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)

“This year’s grants illustrate the vibrant and dynamic ways that libraries connect with their communities, “said Robert Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC. “The grants help libraries expand service offerings, impact lives and demonstrate why libraries continue to be a vital part of the civic landscape. We are proud of the work that is done by Massachusetts libraries through the LSTA grant program.”

The grant will allow the Everett Public Libraries to conduct a survey of its local history holdings and devise a plan to preserve and display items of importance to Everett’s History.

The MBLC developed this direct grant program using federal funding to help libraries meet local community needs, including projects that help jobseekers with career development and job information, programs that help new Americans learn English and become citizens, STEM and STEAM projects, programs that serve teen needs, and projects that preserve valuable historical documents. The MBLC also offers grants to increase access to library services for people with disabilities.

In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, research databases, the statewide eBook program, the Commonwealth Catalog and mass.gov/libraries that has information and resources for residents. LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can be found on Board’s website at www. mass.gov/mblc.

About IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

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