CLIFTON FORGE, Va. (WFXR) — Sharon Elementary School’s library has been selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in a national literary initiative for small and rural libraries. As a result, the school received a $3,000 grant.
The initiative — Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries — was created by the American Library Association (ALA) to help library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
The $3,000 grant will help the library reach out to the school community and the local community at large and work together with them to build and foster both literacy and resilience.
“We feel so honored to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Lia Fisher-Janosz, a school librarian. “This grant will allow our library to get to know our students, faculty, families, and local residents even better than we already do, and will help us build a happier and stronger community for all.”
Fisher-Janosz and Sharon Elementary School’s library will host conversations — in-person and virtually — with students, faculty, families, and residents about how to build and foster resilience through reading and additional related activities. The grant funds will also be used for library and classroom materials and resources, resilience development materials, digital programming, among other things.
Anyone interested in getting involved or taking part in these conversations is asked to contact Fisher-Janosz at firstname.lastname@example.org.