The City of Beverly was recently awarded a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $10,000 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
The Beverly Public Library plans to launch a Play Program which encourages interactive learning for children and their parents/care givers. The Play Program will expand resources designed to stimulate creative play, facilitate social interaction and encourage a lifelong interest in reading, discovery and learning. Refreshed spaces will encourage creative interaction, critical thinking skills and self-directed as well as cooperative play – all at the heart of learning.
“We look forward to refreshing the children’s room and adding resources to encourage playful curiosity, facilitate social interaction, and enable quiet “together time.” Look for new “themed” play areas and celebrations throughout the year!” commented Beverly Public Library Director Anna Langstaff.
Mayor Michael Cahill commented “We appreciate this generous grant funding to support new programming and materials at the Beverly Public Library. The library is a critical educational resource for our children and families and enriches the life of the whole community with its art gallery, lectures, concerts, story hours, book discussion groups, and exhibits.”
The MBLC developed this direct grant program using federal funding to help libraries meet local community needs including 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and become citizens, STEM and STEAM projects, programs that serve teen needs, and projects that preserve valuable historical documents.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.
“We are proud to deliver grant funding to libraries for projects that fill unique needs of libraries across Massachusetts.” said Rob Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC. “Libraries continue to be a vital resource to the communities they serve. Programs funded through LSTA grants illustrate the diverse range of topics and audiences served by Massachusetts libraries.”
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 which 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.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, please visit www.imls.gov.