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Posted on: June 28, 2019

Library Wins Federal Grant for Outreach

Toddler storytime

The library has been awarded a $50,000 grant to expand children’s outreach efforts in northern and western rural Orange County. Grant funds come from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. With the LSTA grant the library will be able to increase access to library services for children and their families, provide outreach to community centers, schools, and other community organizations that serve children and families with a focus on children from birth to age 8. Specifically, we will be able to take services and books to the Cedar Grove and Efland-Cheeks community centers. 

“We recognize that getting to the library can be difficult for many families. This grant will allow us to take library materials and programs to families that live in underserved areas of the county,” Library Director Lucinda Munger said. “Some of these children are the very individuals who struggle with succeeding in school. By getting services to young families, we hope to impact success in school and to promote a love of learning.”

The Orange County Public Library received one of the 43 competitive grants for fiscal year 2019-2020 awarded to North Carolina libraries from this year’s federal allotment of $4,676,190.00. The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds library projects across the state that advance excellence and promote equity by strengthening capacity, expanding access, and community engagement in North Carolina’s libraries.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Through the LSTA Grants to States program IMLS provides funds to State Library agencies using a population-based formula. State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through competitive subgrants to public and academic libraries.  To learn more about the Institute, please visit

For more information about North Carolina’s LSTA program visit the State Library of North Carolina’s LSTA web page at or contact the State Library’s Federal Programs Consultant at 919-807-7423.

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