Press Release - SES Library Grant Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 13, 2021

Contact:

Lia Fisher-Janosz

Sharon Elementary School

540-863-1712 or lfjanosz@alleghany.k12.va.us

 

 SHARON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY RECEIVES NATIONAL GRANT FOR SMALL AND RURAL LIBRARIES
$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Students, Faculty, Families, and Residents

to Build and Foster Literacy and Resilience

 

CLIFTON FORGE Sharon Elementary School’s library has been selected as one of 300 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 reach out to the school community and the local community at large and work together with them to build and foster both literacy and resilience.

“We feel so honored to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said School Librarian Lia Fisher-Janosz. “This grant will allow our library to get to know our students, faculty, families, and local residents even better than we already do, and will help us build a happier and stronger community for all.”

As part of the grant, Mrs. Fisher-Janosz will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Sharon Elementary School’s library will then host conversations--in-person and virtually--with students, faculty, families, and local residents about how to build and foster resilience through reading and additional related activities, and will use the grant funds for library and classroom collection materials and resources, resilience development materials, and digital programming, among other things.  If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversations, please contact Lia Fisher-Janosz at lfjanosz@alleghany.k12.va.us.

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).”

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