- About MHLS
- Member Libraries
- For the Public
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.
Libraries are a key part of our education system – Libraries ARE education:
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.
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 25th, 2020, 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.
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:
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 25, 2020, 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.