Kilgore Library receives national grant to help work with residents with disabilities

YORK – The Kilgore Memorial Library has been selected as one of 310 libraries to participate in round two of the Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative which provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities.

The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant which will help the library train students from the York County Diversion program to use makerspace equipment at the library, share mentoring skills and grant resources on interacting with people with disabilities. Once everyone is confident with moving forward, according to Library Director Deb Robertson, “members of York County who identify with disabilities through the last U.S. Census data will be invited to be mentored by the students to use the makerspace equipment provided by the library.”

Robertson said, “as part of the grant, Kilgore staff has attended an online course on how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. The library will host a community conversation with residents about library services and how these services could be enhanced or improved for the disabled community members we serve. This event will be held at the library in York on Wednesday, May 22, at 1 p.m.”

She said further, “this grant application was submitted because we want the best for all York County residents, so I’m very proud to share how Kilgore Library has received a national grant to help us make our community an even greater place for everyone. The grant funding will have the library increase the accessibility of facilities, services and programs for people with disabilities in our community.”

If someone is interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, they can contact Robertson at drobertson@cityofyork.net or 402-363-2626.

“As the director of our library, I see there is a lot of room for collaboration,” Robertson said. “If you are willing to share your community connections to improve the success of this program, please reach out. Partnerships are what make the library work in York and having those interested in working with the groups identified in this grant would greatly help us reach our goals.”

 

 

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