Good Afternoon Colleagues,
We are very pleased and excited to share some excellent news! NJSL has been awarded a $628,774 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in the National Leadership Grants for Libraries category. The State Library and partners, New Jersey State Parole Board, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Long Branch Public Library, and Free Library of Philadelphia will collaborate with other government and nonprofit organizations on a two-year project for public libraries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to provide services to citizens returning to their communities after being paroled or after completing their prison terms.
The National Leadership Grants for Libraries program received 138 preliminary proposals. Sixty-three projects were invited to submit full proposals, and of these, only 36 projects were awarded funds. Special congratulations to Peggy Cadigan, NJSL’s Deputy State Librarian for Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, and Eileen Morales, NJSL’s Grants Manager, for their hard work towards developing the program, building these partnerships, and submitting a winning grant application.
Please join us in congratulating Peggy and Eileen on this major achievement. This is not only a win for NJ’s library community, but also for returning citizens, who are one of the state’s most vulnerable and under-served populations.
More details about the grant can be found in the IMLS press release below, which highlights NJSL’s project.
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