2003 Serving Cultural Diversity Awards

Serve diverse ethnic populations. These grants emphasize effective needs assessment, building community partnerships, and developing outreach programs. The grants may be used to help libraries initiate new services or enhance existing services.


Grant Number: 03-CD-004 Award: $729
Organization: Burlington Public Library

Abstract: Burlington Public Library will use the funds to begin building their Spanish language collection by purchasing periodical subscriptions, and children's and adult materials.

Grant Number: 03-CD-005 Award: $49,967
Organization: Fort Vancouver Regional Library

Abstract: In response to findings of a needs assessment conducted over the past year, Everyday English @ Your Library offers English language practice and self-study instruction, children's activities, and cultural and informational programming. The proposed project will help eliminate language barriers and provide information and entertainment relevant to non-English speakers.

Grant Number: 03-CD-008 Award: $50,000
Organization: North Central Regional Library

Abstract: NCRL seeks to enhance its bilingual outreach program. This grant will support current partnerships with a variety of agencies (including Washington State Migrant Council and Family Services of Grant County) serving Spanish-speaking children and adults by expanding NCRL's Spanish language collection, providing an outreach vehicle and mobile computer catalog, and increasing the supply of programming aids.

Grant Number: 03-CD-009 Award: $50,000
Organization: Pierce County Library System

Abstract: Pierce County Library System is committed to helping Hispanic and Korean residents discover the library as a tool to overcome barriers to success. This project will utilize community assessment, staff training, community partnerships (with Tacoma Community House, Centro Latino and Tacoma Area Literacy Council), and new program initiatives to create an inclusive environment, provide welcoming staff, and develop services and resources.

Grant Number: 03-CD-019 Award: $50,000
Organization: Timberland Regional Library

Abstract: To better serve the district's burgeoning population of Hispanic residents, Timberland Regional Library will implement Las Bibliotecas Para Todos (Libraries Are for Everyone) Program to greatly enhance staff skills, increase programs and services, increase volunteers, and strengthen our collection in four key libraries: Aberdeen, Centralia, Olympia, and Shelton.

Grant Number: 03-CD-022 Award: $49,304
Organization: King County Library System

Abstract: "Centered on Citizenship" is a pilot program to provide citizenship application training to refugees and immigrants. KCLS is committed to providing relevant service to all its patrons. This program is a literacy collaboration between KCLS and Eastside Literacy and Young Adults (YA) to fulfill a recognized need within our diverse community.

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