Monticello Public Library Receives National Grant For Small And Rural Libraries

$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library’s First Strategic Plan


January 14, 2021

The Monticello Public Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.

The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library complete their first strategic plan beginning in the fall of 2021.

“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Library Director Katrina Linde-Moriarty. “This grant will allow our library to get out into our communities to learn what they value and seek for a happier and healthier future.”

More than 300 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA.

Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.

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Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).


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