CRANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY & RHODY RADIO SELECTED FOR COMPETITIVE FEDERAL HUMANITIES GRANT

CRANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY & RHODY RADIO SELECTED FOR COMPETITIVE FEDERAL HUMANITIES GRANT
$10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic


CRANSTON — With support from the Cranston Public Library, Rhody Radio has been selected as one of 200 libraries nationwide for the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

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

More than 370 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA. View the full list of selected libraries.

The participating libraries, selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process, include public libraries, academic/college libraries, K-12 libraries, and tribal, special and prison libraries. The 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 chosen with an emphasis on reaching historically underserved and/or rural communities.

“Rhody Radio has been a valuable outlet for library programming during the pandemic,” said Library Director Ed Garcia. “This grant will allow Rhody Radio to expand access to more listeners, and release episodes in partnership with diverse humanities voices around Rhode Island.”

This grant award will support the work of Rhody Radio, a resident partner of Rhode Island Center for the Book and Rhode Island’s first collaborative state-wide library podcast project. Grant funds will be used to create episode transcripts, increasing access to deaf and hard of hearing community members, and to partner with humanities presenters and cultural organizations that serve underrepresented communities to provide more diverse and representative content. Through these efforts, Rhody Radio will more fully realize its goal to present conversations, lectures, and performances with many talented Rhode Islanders all in a format as welcoming as libraries themselves, available 24/7 wherever you find your podcasts. To learn more about Rhody Radio’s plans for the grant, please visit www.rhodyradio.org

“Libraries have faced significant hardships throughout the pandemic —from budget cuts to staff furloughs to building closures — especially in our communities of the greatest need,” said ALA President Patty Wong. “This crucial support from NEH will enable our beloved institutions, and the dedicated people who run them, to rebuild and emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.”

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."


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