LSTA Direct Grants to Libraries

Massachusetts uses LSTA funding to provide libraries with direct grants to meet the needs of their community. There were two LSTA direct grants awarded to libraries in the Sixth Congressional District in 2022 totaling $17,500.

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

  • Managing Fine and Decorative Arts – Nahant Public Library $7,500

    Nahant Public Library is partnering with the Nahant Historical Society and Johnson Elementary School to illuminate the library’s artifact and art collections, helping residents and visitors increase their appreciation of all of Nahant’s human history, both Native and European. The project includes programs, signage, and circulating materials. The library is also developing high-quality print and online resources to further support the project.

  • Civic Hub – Reading Public Library $10,000

    Reclaiming Your Story offers Reading Public Library the opportunity to deepen its support of socially equitable and civic-minded programming while modeling a system that is just, inclusive, and representative of all. Through the art of storytelling, lived experiences will be heard and digested, rehumanizing "the other." Simultaneously, tangible workshops featuring local advocacy groups will move people from passive observers to active participants for human rights and dignity. Finally, the curation of a healing library and targeted staff training will enable the library to support a sustainable and culturally conscious endeavor.

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. One grant totaling $50,000 was given in the Sixth Congressional District.

  • Lynn Public Library will use funds to contract one position for a social worker, provide staff training, offer job and career-related programming, and create a pop-up library with services and programs.