The library was recently awarded a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in the amount of $7,500 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Our grant project, titled Pathways to Success, will allow the library to improve its support to our job-seeking adult patrons by offering computer software training classes, resume writing and interview skills workshops, social networking workshops, and by expanding the career and job search resources available at the library.
The MBLC developed this direct grant program using federal funding to help libraries meet local community needs including projects that help jobseekers with career development and job information, programs that help New Americans learn English and become citizens, STEM and STEAM projects, programs that serve teen needs, and projects that preserve valuable historical documents. The MBLC also offers grants to increase access to library services for people with disabilities.
In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services including summer reading programs, research databases, the statewide eBook program, the Commonwealth Catalog and mass.gov/libraries which has information and resources for residents. LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can be found on Board’s website at www.mass.gov/mblc.
If you are an older adult looking for a new job, a career change or are interested in getting back into the workforce after a break, this grant will benefit you! As a first step, we need your feedback. Your completion of the short survey found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPLJobSeekers will help us tailor our upcoming grant-funded programming to best fit your needs. Programs and classes will begin in January 2019.