LEE COUNTY, NC – March 16, 2022 – The Lee County Libraries has been awarded a $17,283 grant to be used for the purchasing of tablets for the LCL STEM Youth Initiative to serve community members in Lee County. 

This publication was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-250229-OLS-21).

These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. At Lee County Libraries, the SLNC Adapts LSTA grant will fund the purchase of Microsoft Go 3 tablets that will be put into circulation and be used for coding classes.  

Library Director Beth List said, “This grant has provided a tremendous opportunity for the library to increase access to STEM education to all community members through check out as well as in-house classes!”

Lee County Libraries received one of the 45 competitive grants for SLNC Adapts grants awarded to North Carolina libraries. The State Library of North Carolina received funds as part of the federal government’s investment in museums and libraries through the American Rescue Plan Act, which provided additional funds to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support vital library programs and services in local communities. The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds library projects across the state that advance excellence and promote equity by strengthening capacity, expanding access and community engagement in North Carolina’s libraries.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Through the LSTA Grants to States program, the IMLS provides funds to State Library agencies using a population-based formula. State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through competitive subgrants to public and academic libraries. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

For more information about North Carolina’s LSTA program, go to the State Library of North Carolina’s LSTA webpage at https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/services-libraries/grants-libraries/lsta-grant-information or contact the State Library’s Federal Programs Consultant at 919-814-6796.

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