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2012-13 LSTA Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries

DUE: August 1, 2012

The Colorado State Library has announced competitive grants for fiscal year 2012-2013 through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, designed to distribute federal funds to eligible school, public, academic or special libraries. Total amount awarded during this funding period will be approximately $300,000.
For the purpose of this grant, project activities must focus on either community/outreach services or youth services in one or more of the following areas: Continue reading ‘2012-13 LSTA Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries’

LSTA Grants Awarded

The Colorado State Library has awarded grants totaling almost $200,000 to 1 library consortium, 1 BOCES, 1 school district, 1 academic library, and 6 public libraries for innovative projects designed to improve library services and life?long learning.

The proposals are funded through the federal Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) allocation to the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado State Library.  All grants addressed a goal in the long?range plan that states: “Colorado students and adult learners will receive services from libraries and librarians that support educational achievement and lifelong learning.”

Complete List of Awarded Projects (PDF)

Summer Reading AND Mini-Grant Reports Now Online – Due 9/30

From what I’ve been hearing, the summer reading programs at public libraries all around the state have been a smashing success this year. Please tell us all about yours!

  1. The 2011 Summer Reading Report is to be completed by ALL public libraries, whether they used the statewide theme or made their own. Please choose one person to report for your entire jurisdiction.
  2. The 2011 LSTA Mini-Grant Report is to be completed only by libraries that received a mini-grant for their 2011 summer reading program. If your library jurisdiction received multiple grants, please submit a separate report for each location.

Due date: Friday, September 30

FY11-12 LSTA Grant Project Discussion Webinar

Bring your questions regarding potential projects addressing this year’s LSTA goal:

“Colorado students and adult learners receive services from libraries and librarians that support educational achievement and lifelong learning”

The session will begin with a 10 minute overview of this year’s LSTA grant application and timeline. After answering your questions we will open up the session to discuss your project ideas. We can address your technology concerns; tell you if your project fits this year’s goal; help determine if your project is feasible; and much more! Come prepared for a lively discussion!

  • Tuesday, June 21st at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 22nd at 9:00AM – 10:30AM

RSVP to Jean Heilig at heilig_j@cde.state.co.us, 303-866-6731, by Monday, June 20th. Identify which session you will be attending. You will be provided with login information. Attendance is limited to 25 people per session. Additional sessions will be planned as needed.

See the State Library’s LSTA page for more information

StoryBlocks: A New Tool To Build Early Literacy Skills

The Colorado State Library announces the launch of  www.storyblocks.org, StoryBlocks image
an online video collection featuring  one-minute songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers and preschool children in both English and Spanish. Filmed in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS, librarians throughout Colorado share successful activities as well as literacy tips. Parents, child care providers and others will discover ways to engage very young children in fun and playful interactions that also build healthy brain development.

StoryBlocks.org is a project of the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), an advisory group to the State Library. CLEL received a federal grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create the videos and Web site. The goal is to build awareness and to encourage parents and others to engage with children from birth on early language and pre-literacy skills. The methods used in the videos are based on brain and child development research that show the impact that songs, rhymes and stories have on very young children. Continue reading ‘StoryBlocks: A New Tool To Build Early Literacy Skills’

CSL Announces Online Town Hall Meetings

FY10-11 LSTA Grant Project Discussion
(RSVP to Melissa Carlson by Friday, June 17th)

  • Monday, June 21st at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    AND
  • Wednesday, June 23rd at 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Bring your questions regarding potential projects addressing this year’s LSTA goal:

“Colorado libraries will provide services to support educational achievement and lifelong learning of Colorado residents, people with disabilities, ethnic populations, institutional residents, and those underserved by libraries.”

The session will begin with a 10 minute overview of this year’s LSTA grant application and timeline. After answering your questions we will open up the session to discuss your project ideas. We can address your technology concerns; tell you if your project fits this year’s goal; help determine if your project is feasible; and much more! Come prepared for a lively discussion! Continue reading ‘CSL Announces Online Town Hall Meetings’

2010-2011 Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries

The Colorado State Library has announced competitive grants for fiscal year 2010-2011 through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, designed to distribute federal funds to eligible school, public, academic or special libraries. Total amount awarded during this funding period will be approximately $300,000.

For the purpose of this grant, libraries must meet the following LSTA 5-year plan combined goal:
“Colorado libraries will provide services to support educational achievement and lifelong learning of Colorado residents, people with disabilities, ethnic populations, institutional residents, and those underserved by libraries.”

For more information, visit the State Library’s LSTA page.

Libraries awarded grants for key projects

The dust has settled on the 2009-10 LSTA grants to libraries process. With the economy in the state wobbly and libraries doing all they can to scrape by, it’s not surprising that $792,285 worth of grant proposals were submitted, competing for the $400,000 allocated to Colorado through the Library Services and Technology Act.

Teams of grant reviewers, composed of librarians of all types from throughout Colorado, scrutinized every word within each proposal. For a library or library service organization to prepare a top-notch proposal is no small feat, and reviewers took their task just as seriously.

The breadth of proposals, both in terms of content and reach in Colorado, was impressive.  All grants awarded addressed the long-range goal “that Colorado’s residents will be able to access resources and services electronically through libraries to meet their information and learning needs.”

A list of 10 grants awarded for 2009-10 follows below. For more information about the LSTA grant submission and review process, your questions are welcomed by Jean Marie Heilig, LSTA Grant Coordinator (heilig_j@cde.state.co.us)

Continue reading ‘Libraries awarded grants for key projects’

LSTA Grant Readers Needed

The Colorado State Library is looking for volunteers from the library community to review grant applications for the 09-10 LSTA grant offering period. Representatives from public, academic, school, and special libraries are needed.

Volunteers must be available for the grant reading session on 9/2/09, 9am-5pm. The grant reading location is Smokey Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, in Centennial. Travel expenses will be reimbursed through the Colorado State Library.

View criteria for volunteers and application questions (PDF)

Send responses to Jean M. Heilig, LSTA Grant Coordinator, by 8/3/09.

Grant Readers Sought from Across the State

The Colorado State Library is seeking volunteers from the library community to review grant applications for the 2009-2010 LSTA grant offering period.  Representatives from public, academic, school, and special libraries are encouraged to participate.

The grant reading session will be held  on September 2, 2009 (9am-5pm) at Smokey Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial CO

The criteria for volunteers and application questions appear below.  Continue reading ‘Grant Readers Sought from Across the State’