Graphic with State Library Logo LSTA Grants and IMLS logo
December 17, 2018

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that the State Library Board awarded $235,891 in federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants on December 11, 2018 to seven libraries. “Each of the funded projects has the potential to have long-lasting positive impacts in the communities these libraries serve,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  “We look forward to hearing about the success of these initiatives at the conclusion of the grant period and sharing that information with libraries around the state.”

Three libraries were awarded Ohio LSTA Literacy Grants: Dayton Metro Library, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, and Shaker Heights Public Library. The purpose of the Literacy Grant is to support the library’s role in the learning experience where literacy is defined as the ability to read, write, and interact across a range of platforms and tools, and encompasses early literacy, digital literacy, functional literacy, and others.

Athens County Public Libraries and Grandview Heights Public Library were awarded Ohio LSTA Outreach and Partnership Grants. The purpose of the Outreach and Partnership Grant is to assist libraries in providing new and innovative ways of providing services to users and potential users and assist in reaching individuals at a range of locations and through a variety of methods.

Copley-Fairlawn City Schools and Reed Memorial Library were awarded Ohio LSTA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Grants. The purpose of the STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Grant is to assist libraries in preparing youth to be active learners and provide youth who will be the workforce of tomorrow with a competitive edge in a globalized, high-tech marketplace.

The awarded grants include:

Athens County Public Libraries
Athens County Public Libraries (ACPL) intends to provide library access to area residents with transportation challenges—specifically, those in Amesville, Ohio.  The project will involve purchasing and installing a bank of lockers to be used for a pickup location and book drop.   ACPL is partnering with Village Productions, a community center in Amesville. The library lockers and book drop will be installed directly outside of Village Productions’ doors.  Award: $28,469

Copley-Fairlawn City Schools
Copley-Fairlawn City Schools intends to establish an iStream program for high school students, providing real-world learning opportunities for students to research, design, and create products.  This STEM project will focus on student leadership and project-based learning. Award: $48,975

Dayton Metro Library
Dayton Metro Library (DML) intends to launch the Felix and Fiona, A Musical Experience for Third Grade Reading literacy program. DML will commission an original musical composition and illustrated picture book for Felix and Fiona, A Musical Experience for Third Grade Reading.  This project will expand their successful Felix and Fiona program.  Award: $47,925

Grandview Heights Public Library
Grandview Heights Public Library (GHPL) intends to expand an existing museum and library partnership program to provide traveling museum exhibits with artifacts and natural history content kits.  The exhibits will circulate through libraries within the Central Library Consortium system.  The funds will also be used to purchase topically related collection development materials, as well as museum-quality housing for the entire display.  Award: $28,843

Reed Memorial Library
Reed Memorial Library (RML) intends to expand their popular STEM programming opportunities.  Capitalizing on their success via federal funds from an LSTA Open Grant provided by the State Library of Ohio, RML is building on STEM programming geared toward kids and teens.  By providing training to area teachers and community center patrons, RML anticipates increased STEM knowledge, comfort, as well as social and team-building skills.  Award: $23,929

Shaker Heights Public Library
Shaker Heights Public Library (SHPL) intends to develop an Early Literacy Outreach Collection for children attending preschool and daycare centers located in the Shaker Heights City School District.  This collection will support existing outreach efforts and increase promotion of early literacy.  The collection will consist of a diverse selection of books, reflective of the children and citizens of Shaker Heights.  Award: $11,250

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County
Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) plans to support an early literacy training program geared toward Ohio’s Youth Services Librarians.  Three workshops led by early literacy consultant Saroj Ghoting will provide youth services librarians the information and resources necessary to become more intentional support for families on school readiness. Grant funds will also be used to cover the costs of 62 Sprout Early Learning Backpacks, which will be added to the PLYMC collection for circulation.  Award: $16,500

Click here for more information about Ohio LSTA Grants.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov