This new initiative helps libraries purchase technology and develop content to create meaningful and rewarding online programming for school-aged audiences.
All participating libraries will:
Receive $12,000 for technology needed for virtual programming
Receive training from the California State Library, the California Department of Education, and the California State Parks on connecting with audiences and on virtual programming resources.
Engage with a cohort of library staff focused on developing skills related to virtual programming for school aged children. The cohort will convene monthly to reflect on programming and create a community of practice.
Twenty libraries will:
Receive an additional $1,000 to support the purchase of a Learning Management System and staff time to implement the system.
Receive and take part in programming organized by the State Library. Programming will include virtual author visits involving multiple library sites, and a partnership with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which will bring the Western Region National Student Poet for a virtual visit to local libraries.
- Public Agency
Only California public libraries are eligible for this opportunity. Libraries must apply by jurisdiction. Larger jurisdictions may submit more than one application and, funding permitting, may receive multiple awards.
Any library submitting a budget that includes the purchase of computer equipment that can connect to and browse the internet, must certify compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
Only California public libraries are eligible for this opportunity.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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