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Waynesboro-Wayne County Library Receives National Grants

Thursday, March 04, 2021 9:21 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

Waynesboro-Wayne County Library was the recent recipient of two national American Library Association (ALA) grantsand the only library in the state of Mississippi to receive either of these two highly competitive grants this year.  

Out of 170 applicants, Waynesboro-Wayne County Library was one of only twenty selected recipients to be awarded ALA’s Community Connect: Digital Access at Home grant.

Community Connect: Digital Access at Home is a collaborative initiative between the American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One Bank and offers resources to help support digital access and financial capability in rural communities nationwide. Community Connect seeks to expand the service capacity of rural libraries by offering hotspot lending policies and financial capability seminars; improve the digital access of rural library patrons via hotspots and enhance opportunities for social mobility by pursuing remote education, economic inclusion, financial management, and health; and demonstrate the efficacy of the pilot program and use results to build consensus on how to address sustainable digital inclusion for rural communities. The grant provides rural, public libraries with five Wi-Fi hotspots (including with two-year service contracts) for lending to patrons; a $2,000 stipend to support implementing financial capability programs; a curated book list of financial literacy titles featured in ALA’s Financial Literacy LibGuide; a copy of ALA Editions’ “Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools”; and professional development and support. For more information on grant eligibility and how to apply, visit their website at http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/communityconnect. 

The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library was also selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries. LTC is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that seeks to provide community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities. This nationally competitive award consists of $3,000 grant funds to help address issues of concern in local communities. The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library will be purchasing Wi-Fi hotspots to check out to the residents of Wayne County and focus on bridging the digital divide. For more information on grant eligibility and how to apply, visit their website at http://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/focusgrants/guidelines. 

Submitted by: 

Patsy C. Brewer 
Waynesboro-Wayne County Library 



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