The results of the most recent Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant round have been released and two SELCO libraries are among the recipients. Congratulations to Albert Lea Public Library and Austin Public Library.
Albert Lea Public Library – $72,505 for Check Out the Internet @ ALPL
Albert Lea Public Library (ALPL) will bridge Freeborn County’s digital access gap with a mobile technology lending program. Grant funds will capitalize on a popular pilot project by adding 60 Wi-Fi hotspots and 25 iPad Airs to its circulating collection. In partnership with Albert Lea Community Education, ALPL will present classes and hands-on demonstrations of the mobile technology to Adult Basic Education students.
Austin Public Library – $43,064 for Austin Area Science Fair Mentoring Project Expansion
Austin Public Library (APL) will take a pivotal role in expanding the Austin Area Science Fair Mentoring Project, a successful community initiative that pairs local STEM professionals with third and fourth grade science fair participants. In doing so, APL aims to increase science literacy and students’ interest in STEM careers. The project will double the number of mentor-student pairs, increase science fair participation and success rates, and connect science fair participants with the library’s mobile technology and high-quality STEM resources.
Hennepin County Library (HCL) is the other public library with a successful application. It was awarded $58,513 for its Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration project. The balance of the $544,843 in 2016 LSTA funds was awarded to five school districts. Click here for a list of all eight grant recipients and the project abstracts.