Cottonwood Public Library awarded prestigious LSTA Grant

Cottonwood Public Library Youth Services Clerk Liz Guerra and Manager Vanessa Ward (Courtesy photo).

Cottonwood Public Library Youth Services Clerk Liz Guerra and Manager Vanessa Ward (Courtesy photo).

Thanks to grants from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, the Cottonwood Public Library will use the monies for two projects, Community Education Opportunities and Digital Literacy Initiative for Cottonwood Youth.

"I am very grateful for this opportunity to enhance our library services and to have the ability to offer these free-to-the-public workshops to our community. Liz Guerra, Youth Services Library Clerk, submitted the Digital Literacy Initiative for Cottonwood Youth grant proposal and I submitted the Community Education Opportunities proposal. We plan to have an open house sometime in August and start our workshops in September," said Vanessa Ward, Library Manager.

The workshops offered include GIMP, which is a photo and image editing software, and Learning Spanish. The library will have a Spanish session for adults and one for youth.

There will also be a "How to Plan Your Own Trip" workshop. The library has a partnership with OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and they will facilitate some of these workshops. English as a Second Language, or ESL, will be taught by Gail Basham and Social Media for Small Businesses will be led by Cyndy Ricca.

For the youth, the library will offer Lego Mindstorms Education, Video Game Development through a partnership with Yavapai College Video Graphic Design instructors, Toon Boon Animated Storytelling and Digital Photography taught by an advanced Yavapai College student.

In 2013, the Arizona State Library will receive $3.1 million under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Almost $700,000 of the funding is being awarded on a competitive basis to libraries in Arizona.

The remaining funds will be used to support statewide services, including family literacy and reading programs, electronic databases, digital government initiatives, continuing education classes and other programs.

"The Arizona State Library, Archives & Public records is pleased to support innovative projects that serve the people of Arizona with LSTA funding," said Joan Clark, Arizona State Librarian.

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that the Arizona Legislature and Arizonans have access to the information they need today, and the history of Arizona for tomorrow through partnerships with all types of cultural and public information institutions.

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