01 / 20 / 2023
  - 07:10:14 AM
GOOD NEWS - Bancroft Library Gets Full Funding For Grant Application

HOPEDALE - The Bancroft Memorial Library is pleased to share the news that our application for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Sustainable & Resilient New England Libraries Grant has been awarded full funding in the amount of $10,000.  The grant is administered by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) through the generosity of a regional partner foundation.  Grant funds will be used to develop new and innovative programming; facilitating access to dynamic learning tools and library resources that encourage sensory exploration, as well as cognitive, social, and creative development. We will be focusing on our community’s young English-language learners and our older residents living with memory loss in a manner that promotes social connectivity. The grant will be a first step in becoming a more multi-cultural, dementia-friendly library that will actively engage both of these underserved populations.   Proposed actions include creating a comfortable space (updated furnishings for the community program room); sensory programming tables and supplies, and updated technology.  We are grateful to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries for this grant funding which will allow us to develop and nurture social, recreational, and cultural opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all ages and incomes in Hopedale.

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) builds strong communities through professional development and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries. ARSL recognizes the uniqueness of small and rural libraries and is committed to providing an environment that encourages excellence within this community of practice, supporting their goals of service and speaking on behalf of this important constituency. Since 1 in 3 public libraries in the U.S. serve a population of fewer than 2,500 people, there is a great opportunity to support these library professionals that are often overlooked. We believe in the value of rural and small libraries and strive to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities.

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