September 4, 2013

New York State Library Announces 2013-2016 Adult Literacy Library Services Grant Awards

State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis, announced today that the New York State Library has awarded 23 New York State Adult Literacy Library Services Grants to public library systems. Projects began July 1, 2013 and will end on June 30, 2016. The theme for these three year grant projects is “Workforce Development at New York Libraries through Public Library Systems.”

For a list of the 2013-2016 grant awards please visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/literacy/13litawd.htm
“These grants will help New Yorkers over age 16 who are not in school to take advantage of library and other community resources to continue their education and improve their job skills,” said Mr. Margolis. “The 23 public library systems will be offering exciting collaborative programs and services designed to help New York’s workforce attain improved literacy levels as well as the skills and tools needed for successful careers. “
Adult Literacy Library Services Grants support library programs and services that assist New Yorkers who are unemployed or underemployed; unfamiliar with technology; or who need improved job skills and/or improved literacy skills. The grants provide opportunities for libraries to partner with other community workforce and literacy organizations to help New Yorkers develop strong workforce, literacy and/or digital literacy skills; prepare for the general equivalency diploma (GED) and other examinations; improve English language skills and obtain citizenship information, as well as job and career information and assistance.
Education Law 273 provides $200,000 annually for the Adult Literacy Library Services Grant Program. State funding provided for 2013-2014 is $167,755. Funding levels for years 2 and 3 of these three year grants will be decided in future State budgets.

For more information on the New York State Adult Literacy Library Services Grant Program, please visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/literacy/index.html or contact Lisa Areford, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library at lareford@mail.nysed.gov or (518) 473-6941.