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Durham County Library Awarded Grant under the Provisions of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

Durham, NC – The Durham County Library has been awarded a $95,735 grant to be used for Practicing Inclusivity: Establishing a Multi-Sensory Environment, Inclusive Playroom, and Mobile Adaptive Technology and Sensory Units for Transformation Main to serve all members of the community, with emphasis on individuals with special needs. These new spaces and technologies were supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-18-0034-18).

These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. At Durham County Library the LSTA grant will allow for expanded and improved services, spaces, and programs for individuals with special needs, their caregivers, families, and friends. The grant will allow for a creation of a Multi-Sensory Environment featuring interactive sensory technologies and adaptive technologies to assist all in using the many services and resources provided by the library. Library Director Tammy Baggett said “the LSTA grant will allow Durham County Library to further achieve its mission of connecting the community and our strategic goals by expanding services to a group underserved in our community.”

Durham County Library received one of the 48 competitive grants for fiscal year 2018-2019 awarded to North Carolina libraries from this year’s federal allotment of $4,579,356.00. The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds library projects across the state that advance excellence and promote equity by strengthening capacity, expanding access, and community engagement in North Carolina’s libraries.

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 Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Through the LSTA Grants to States program IMLS provides funds to State Library agencies using a population-based formula. State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through competitive sub-grants to public and academic libraries. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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/resources/lsta-grants or contact the State Library’s Federal Programs Consultant at 919-807-7423.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or sbonestell@dconc.gov

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