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$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents  

Aram Public Library and Darien Public Library have 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 create seed collections at each library, facilitate community conversations on the topic of food insecurity and supplement spring and summer youth and adult programming.

“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Library Director, Michelle Carter. “This grant will allow our library to get to know our residents better and help us build a happier and healthier community for our families.”

Jeannine Heskett, Director, Darien Public Library shared, “Receiving this grant is such a great opportunity. It will enable the Darien Library to be able to offer its patrons, both adults and children, some great fun as they learn about gardening, seeds, healthy eating, and sustainability.”

As part of the grant, library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host community conversation with residents focusing on the issue of food insecurity.

If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact Michelle Carter at Aram Public Library, 262-728-3111 or Jeannine Heskett at 262-882-5155.

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.

“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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