Library awarded LSTA Grant for “Full STEAM Ahead!” preschool services
Grafton Public Library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $7,500.00 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). “We’re excited about the innovative local library projects being developed with the help of these grants,” said Cindy Roach, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC. They benefit local residents and communities.”
Grafton’s grant, titled Full STEAM Ahead! focuses on providing science, technology, engineering, arts, and math services for preschoolers. The intent is to provide learning experiences that engage the preschooler’s curiosity of the concepts of science and introduce how arts and science intertwine with each other. During the project, the Library will collaborate with Grafton Public Schools, Tufts Veterinary School, UniBank and other community organizations.
Libraries use LSTA grants from the MBLC in a variety of ways, including implementing literacy programs that benefit all ages, increasing library access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents.
In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, databases, the Commonwealth eBook program, the Commonwealth Catalog (the new virtual catalog), and mass.gov/libraries which provides information and resources for residents.
LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can found at www.mass.gov/mblc.