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2019 Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals

2018 December 7
by Kyla Hunt

Passing on for our friends at the American Library Association:

The American Library Association’s Library & Research Center is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this “right of citizenship.”

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project should:

  • result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
  • have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
  • be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
  • be capable of completion within one year.

Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the ALA; library schools; or individuals. Deadline for submissions, sent via email, is January 11, 2019.

You can find more information about the grant, how to submit proposals, and requirements of the recipient(s) here.

Dr. Kathy Rosa
Director, Library & Research Center

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  1. December 11, 2018

    Dear Dr. Rosa,

    I am the librarian/director at Charlotte Public Library. I am interested in applying for the 2019 Loleta D. Fyan grant. As the sole employee, I am in charge of providing the community with operating a 40 hour per week library. This is my second year as the librarian, and I find our Spanish and Bilingual collection is lacking in many areas, for both children and adults.
    The library is located in a 1,000 square foot building that originally housed the United States Postal Service. The City of Charlotte is a small, rural, and diverse community of 75% Hispanic, 82% White, and 11% Other. The population of Charlotte is 1,915, and the Charlotte ISD is a Title 1 district. Reading levels are lower than many of the Atascosa County district scores, and teachers are interested in reaching the population of second language readers. Adding Spanish and Bilingual books would be an asset to this rural community.
    In closing, would you please send me further information about applying for this grant, and direct me to the site for the application.
    Marianne McGinnis, Librarian/Director
    Charlotte Public Library
    Charlotte, Texas 78011

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