MADISON — Special projects that will bring mobile makerspaces to Milwaukee County branch libraries, create a Citizen Information Project to serve immigrants in Manitowoc, and enhance STEM skills for elementary students through a library system and school partnership were among 45 that received Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants for 2016.
State Superintendent Tony Evers recently approved LSTA subaward grants of $736,542. Wisconsin receives $2.7 million from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as part of the federal, population-based Grants to States program that also supports statewide and system services.
“The LSTA program provides important funding to support projects that advance child and adult literacy, provide services to the unemployed and underemployed, and build community through creativity and learning activities for all ages,” Evers said. “Our strong public libraries make Wisconsin a great place to live.”
Competitive grant activities will run from April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. The state’s LSTA Advisory Committee reviewed grant applications and made recommendations for awards, grouped across broad priorities. Grant awards categories are:
NOTE: The full list of subaward grants is in the official news release. Abstracts of 2016 LSTA projects can be found online at https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/lsta/16abstract.