Skidompha Public Library selected for federal grant

Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta was selected as one of 200 libraries across the country for the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, an emergency relief program to support libraries impacted by the pandemic.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Skidompha Public Library will use funds to establish itself as a strong humanities institution in the community. The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library provide excellent programs and services related to culture, history, literature, and other humanities subjects.

According to the ALA, more than 370 libraries have applied for the grant. View the full list of selected libraries.

Participating libraries, selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process, include public libraries, college libraries, K-12 libraries, and tribal, special and prison libraries. Recipients represent 45 states and Puerto Rico, and serve communities ranging in size from 642 residents in Weir, Kansas to the city of Los Angeles. Libraries were selected with a focus on reaching historically underserved and/or rural communities.

Skidompha Public Library will use the grant funds to support a summer adult reading program – the first of its kind for the library – that aims to unite and uplift the community through book clubs, speakers and reading contests. More information about the Skidompha Public Library summer reading program for adults will be made available in the coming months.

“Libraries have faced significant difficulties during the pandemic — from budget cuts to staff furloughs to building closures — particularly in our communities in greatest need,” said ALA President Patty Wong. “This critical support from NEH will allow our beloved institutions and the dedicated people who guide them to rebuild and emerge stronger from the pandemic.”

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.”

The Skidompha Library supports and enriches our community by promoting literacy, providing easy access to information resources, encouraging lifelong learning, and encouraging cultural and social interactions.

The Skidompha Library Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization responsible for providing library programs and services to residents of Damariscotta, Newcastle, Nobleboro and the greater Pemaquid Peninsula.

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