New Jersey State Library Awards Literacy Collection Development Grants to Public Libraries Throughout the State – January 29, 2019

Total grant round of $23,497 will fund collection development at select libraries


Trenton, NJ, January 29, 2019 – The New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, has awarded grants to 12 public libraries, towards the purchase of library materials – in any format – to help develop their literacy collections. Grant funds will assist the awarded libraries in the creation of new collections or expansion of existing collections in support of adult learners who seek to improve their literacy skills in a variety of areas, including basic reading and writing, financial literacy, and health literacy. Grant amounts range from $1,500 to $2,000, and add up to a total grant round of $23,497.
The grant opportunity was made possible by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grants to States program. Libraries that successfully completed the 2018 New Jersey State Library Literacy Boot Camp were eligible to apply for the grant. The Literacy Boot Camp, developed in partnership with Plainfield Public Library, was a five-part series designed to provide New Jersey librarians and library staff with the skills and tools necessary to develop library-based adult literacy programs.
The Grantees are:

  • Bradley Beach Public Library
  • Burlington County Library System
  • Cherry Hill Public Library
  • Elizabeth Public Library
  • Gloucester County Library System (Logan Branch)
  • Lincoln Park Public Library
  • Maplewood Memorial Library
  • Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library
  • Paterson Free Public Library
  • Plainfield Public Library
  • Trenton Free Public Library
  • West Orange Public Library

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