Community Connections

Libraries have long been committed to building healthy, thriving communities, but they are now seeing an increased need to create and build strategic partnerships and expand relationships with the larger community.
~Webjunction

Libraries are a key part of our education system – Libraries ARE education:

  • For pre-school aged children, libraries have continuously provided opportunities for enrichment in an environment dedicated to creativity and free inquiry. When schools close at the end of each day, each week and each school year, libraries remain open to children and New York’s families. In many communities libraries are the sole source of free tutoring and homework help after school, and provide expensive review and study books for SAT prep and final exams.
  • Libraries are the “People’s University.” For adult learners, including those that did not attend or could not afford college, libraries provide an avenue for free, lifelong intellectual enrichment.
  • Libraries are the leading digital literacy educators in New York State.
    ~NYLA

Adult Literacy

Digital Literacy

Early Literacy

Family Literacy

Homeschoolers

School Library Systems

Workforce Development

MHLS is dedicated to providing its member libraries with information and awareness, to develop programs and services, to attract and connect to outreach target populations and form relevant community partnerships at the local level.

 

Adult Literacy Grant 2019-2020

Libraries can submit an intent to apply form to be part of the 2019-2020 Adult Literacy Grant. Grants of up to $1,000 will be available for up to 9 eligible member libraries. These grants are meant to help libraries develop and expand adult literacy programs at their library which will help adults in their community improve their education and career opportunities.

 

This grant opportunity is made possible through Adult Literacy Services 2019-2020 funds received by MHLS through the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development.

 

Get the Adult Literacy Intent to Apply form here.

 

Intent to apply forms are due to MHLS on June 25, 2019.

 

Applications for the grant will be available on June 28th2019 and due on July 29th, 2019. Libraries will be notified of their approval status at the beginning of August 2019 

 

Libraries who participate in this grant will be required to plan their program with their Literacy Partner Organization, offer group and/or one-on-one programs, publicize those programs, survey program attendees, and submit a report provided by MHLS at the end of the grant period.

Family Literacy Grant 2019-2020

 

Libraries can submit an intent to apply form to be part of the 2019-2020 Family Literacy Grant.

 

The Family Literacy grant is designed to help your library work on building its capacity to provide early literacy services in your community based on the best practices of this parent education initiative.

 

This early literacy training program will run from July 2019 – June 2020 and is limited to 10 member libraries. During this time, these libraries will:

 

  • Attend 5 mandatory meetings/trainings that will cover the full curriculum of the Ready to Read at New York Libraries: Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program.
    • The first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 26th from 1:00 – 3:00 at the MHLS Auditorium.
    • The second meeting will be held on Thursday, November 7th from 1:00 – 3:00 at the MHLS Auditorium.
    • The last three meetings will be held in January, March, and May, and the dates are pending.
  • Receive support from MHLS staff, from member library peers in the cohort, and from professional materials provided by MHLS.
  • Receive funds to the library for early literacy materials

 

All libraries who did not participate in the last Early Literacy Cohort (January 2018 – June 2019) are invited to submit an intent to apply form.

 

Get the Family Literacy Intent to Apply form here.

 

Intent to apply forms are due to MHLS on June 25, 2019.

 

Applications for the grant will be available on June 28th2019 and due on July 29th, 2019. Libraries will be notified of their approval status at the beginning of August 2019 

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