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 Second Congressional District in 2022 totaling $74,197.

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

  • Dig In – Athol Public Library $10,000.00

    The Athol Public Library is situated in the heart of downtown Athol. The library has one of the few green spaces in the downtown area, including a river walkway and garden area. This project uses the space to offer activities, hands-on learning, healthy, and nature-focused programs for all ages and abilities in the community. 

  • Pathways to Success – Northborough Free Library $6,200.00

    The Northborough Free Library provides support and information to all adult job seekers through its Northborough Job Seekers program. Northborough Job Seekers services include remote presentations, social media groups, a dedicated page on the library’s website, and free printing of job documents. This grant will enable the Northborough Free Library to expand its career resource collection, provide a series of in-person and remote employment workshops, and train library staff to lead workshops on resume writing and successful LinkedIn strategies.

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 Second Congressional District.

  • Leominster Public Library will use funds to improve the Library's Tween Center and to purchase a van to be used for outreach services.
  • Worcester Public Library will use funds to purchase a book vending machine.