Wilsinia C. Ocasio
Prattsburg Free Library
PRATTSBURG FREE LIBRARY RECEIVES NATIONAL GRANT FOR SMALL AND RURAL LIBRARIES
$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents on Internet and Technology Services and Education
PRATTSBURGH — Prattsburg Free 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.
The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library not only facilitate conversations with the community but also provide services based on the conversation(s).
“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Library Director Wilsinia C, Ocasio. “This grant will allow our library to get to know our residents better and help us build a happier and more connected community for our families.”
As part of the grant, Prattsburg Free Library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host at least one conversation with residents about the internet and technology and use the grant funds to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots in order to increase the availability of internet especially during these uncertain times.
One chronic challenge facing our community is a widespread lack of internet access.
If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact Wilsinia C. Ocasio at (607)522-3490 or visit http://prattsburgfreelibrary.org for more information.
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.
“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).”