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READER SUBMITTED: Hartford Public Librarys Hartford History Center Receives National Leadership Grant


The Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) announced that Hartford Public Library (HPL) is the recipient of its National Leadership Grant for Libraries. Selected from over 200 applicants, the HPL is one of only six public libraries across the country to receive the award totaling $37,147.

With the grant funding, the Librarys Hartford History Center, in collaboration with the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut, will develop Find Your Voice, a nationally replicable model for the integration of libraries humanities collections with their civic engagement programs. This interpretive, mobile-optimized website will use interactive media to engage a diverse public in exploring historic individuals who found their civic voice through poetry, performance and other expressive forms. Additionally, multimedia tutorials will connect past traditions of civic engagement to contemporary concerns, strategies, and voices. Find Your Voice not only situates present-day visitors to the website within a centuries-long local tradition of civic literacy and involvement, it will also empower them to discover how they, too, can help build a more equitable, vibrant, and democratic society at the community level.

"Libraries are changing to meet the evolving learning, social, and informational landscapes of their communities. These grants reflect truly creative thinking by library and archive professionalsalong with their university, professional association, and local government partners that will ensure the continued role of libraries as community anchors for generations to come," said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields. Successful projects have the potential to improve library services nationwide. Grantees generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

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