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 2020-2021

Libraries can submit an intent to apply form to be part of the 2020-2021 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 and workforce development programs which will help adults in their community improve their education and career opportunities.

 

Workforce development includes literacy, TASC (NYS high school equivalency exam) preparation, citizenship information, English-as-a-second-language instruction, as well as job and career information and assistance. Literacy is broadly defined and includes digital and financial literacy.

 

This grant opportunity is made possible through Adult Literacy Services 2020-2021 funds received by MHLS through the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development.

 

 

Applications for the grant will be available on June 25th2020, and due on July 13th, 2020 for libraries that completed the intent to apply form. Libraries will be notified of their approval status in mid-July.

 

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 2020-2021

 

Libraries can submit an intent to apply form to be part of the 2020-2021 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 2020 – June 2021 and is limited to 10 member libraries. During this time, these libraries will:

 

  • Complete online training modules in all 5 elements of the Ready to Read at New York Libraries: Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program
  • Attend 3 cohort meetings to review training modules
  • Attend 2 system-wide early literacy online workshops
  • Develop and implement an Early Literacy Action Plan for the community
  • Develop local partnerships with childhood organizations
  • Implement early literacy related services in the library
  • Gather & report ‘Early Childhood Literacy’ feedback from parents/caregivers participating in early literacy programs through Project Outcome.

 

 

All libraries who did not participate in the last Early Literacy Cohort (July 2019 – June 2020) are invited to submit an intent to apply form.

 

Applications for the grant will be available on June 252020, and due on July 13, 2020 for libraries that completed the intent to apply form. Libraries will be notified of their approval status in mid-July.  

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