$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents on Ideas for New Housing
Igiugig Tribal Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. More than 300 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA.
Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.
The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help Igiugig Tribal Library host conversations about new housing for residents, the #1 topic of interest for community discussion on a recent local survey.
As part of the grant, Igiugig Tribal Library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then use the grant funds to host multiple conversations regarding the housing issue. Having these discussions will help interested residents look in to alternative housing, as well as learn about various organizations that may be able to help with loans, grants, or advice.
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“Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).”