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NOVEMBER 2000Volume 2 Number 4

Twenty-one Libraries Receive LSTA Grants

Sharon Brettschneider, Director, Division of Library Development

The Connecticut State Library announced the awarding of $215,281 in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants for improvements to library services and technology. The grants will provide funding for a variety of projects to serve children in poverty, allow libraries to conduct long range planning, and provide outreach services to children and adults. Technology grants were also awarded to assist libraries with the purchase of equipment and software that makes information content accessible to individuals with disabilities or to automate their collection for the purpose of resource sharing. Library recipients included:

Hartford Public Library for a Reading Connections program to support emergent literacy activities at fifteen NAEYC accredited day-care centers.

The libraries of Ansonia, Essex, Goshen and Oliver Wolcott in Litchfield to develop long range plans.

Booth & Dimock Memorial Library in Coventry to offer day-care workers training in developmentally appropriate materials and practices for early literacy.

Hartford Public Library to train caretakers in licensed home day-care and day-care centers on the selection and presentation of reading programs.

Rockville Public Library to create story time kits to lend to licensed day-care providers.

Wallingford Public Library for a "We're Ready to Read" project to work with the schools and Wallingford Family Literacy Program to provide preschoolers with thematic literacy bags.

Wilson Branch of the Windsor Public Library to train volunteers in the "Healthy Families" initiative who in turn visit homes of all new parents to train them in appropriate activities to encourage early reading for their children.

Prosser Public Library in Bristol to organize an outreach program to residents in the town's assisted-living/nursing home facilities.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library to provide visually impaired patrons with equal access to the Internet and the on-line catalog with a workstation furnished with an adaptive monitor, keyboard and software.

Bristol Public Library to purchase equipment to be used by individuals with low vision.

Hamden Library for a variety of auxiliary aids and service to ensure access to library services to persons with disabilities.

Willis Royle Library, Connecticut Valley Hospital for a special needs computer workstation.

Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury to install a handicapped accessible computer in the reference department and to upgrade a computer in the Business Reference area to make it handicapped accessible.

The following libraries received technology grants for the purpose of resource sharing: Bentley Memorial Library in Bolton, Ivoryton Library Association in Essex, Jonathan Trumbull Library in Lebanon, Norwalk Public Schools in Norwalk, Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury and Voluntown Public Library in Voluntown.

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