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Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities Grant

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$10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents with Disabilities  


Selover Public Library has been selected as one of 240 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities. 

The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library increase accessibility for patrons with mobility disabilities.  

As part of the grant, Selover Library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host a conversation with residents about accessibility for people with mobility disabilities and use the grant funds to make library improvements. Some possible improvements include automatic doors and an accessible drinking fountain. 

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: Accessible Small and Rural Communities is an initiative of ALA in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). 

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