New Hanover Co. schools receive state library grant

Three New Hanover County Schools have been given the opportunity to enhance and expand their school’s library collection. Trask Middle School, Carolina Beach Elementary and Pine Valley Elementary schools have each received a $10,000 School Library Collection Development Grant from the North Carolina State Library. The grants are funded by the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), which authorizes state libraries to use federal funds for state program grants that benefit libraries or library services.

School librarians - Lisa Coley at Trask, Celeste Woodward at Carolina Beach and Sarah Royal from Pine Valley, prepared and submitted their school’s grant application. When applying for the grant, each librarian had to identify areas of their library collection that are weak: either books that are in need of replacement due to age or wear, or areas in the school’s collection that need to be developed and expanded. The librarians also had to procure $2,500 in matching school funds to be used with the grant funds, giving each school a total of $12,500 to use to enhance and update their school’s library collection.

In recent years, the School Library Collection Development Grant has also been awarded to several other NHCS including Blair and Sunset Park Elementary Schools and Myrtle Grove, Virgo and Williston Middle Schools.

For more information about the School Library Collection Development Grant, contact Jennifer LaGarde, NHCS lead librarian, at jennifer.lagarde@ nhcs.net or visit the NC State Library web site, http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lsta/2010-2011Grants.htm#Awards.

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