LSTA Direct Grants to Libraries

Massachusetts uses LSTA funding to provide libraries with direct grants to meet the needs of their community. There were eight LSTA direct grants awarded to libraries in the First Congressional District in 2022 totaling $72,061.

Below are examples of direct grant funded projects in the First Congressional District:

  • At the Table – Westfield Athenaeum $10,000

    This project provides the Westfield community with information about local resources, workshops, and programs that give residents a better understanding of healthy eating and wellness. The Westfield Athenaeum's community-wide partnerships will allow the Athenaeum and the City of Westfield to foster a more cohesive focus on healthy eating and culinary literacy as part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Protecting Priority Collections – Peru Library $5,200

    Historic archives and artifacts held by Peru Library have been neglected due to funding issues, lack of trained staff, and limited hours. With improved care and management, the library’s collections can provide a meaningful trove of local and regional history of interest to the town of Peru. This project focuses on taking fundamental steps to better preserve and share historic resources by creating an accessible and inviting Local History Area.

ARPA Funding

Grants were given to communities that were hardest hit by COVID in the state to be used to improve access for residents at the library. Two $50,000 grants were given to libraries in the First Congressional District.

  • Holyoke Public Library will use funds to contract one position for a social worker.
  • Springfield City Library will use funds to purchase a van to be used for outreach services.