A three thousand dollar grant has the Kewaunee Public Library taking a step to meet the needs of the Hispanic community. The American Library Association selected the library to participate in their Libraries Transforming Communities initiative. The initiative helps rural libraries support their communities. When the ALA put out a call for grant applications, the library applied with the intent to expand their Spanish language materials selection. Part of the grant is training librarians to hold a community conversation.
Of the three thousand dollars the library was granted, Library Director Carol Petrina projects that the majority will go to purchasing materials for their Spanish collection. Other funds will be used on the community conversation and marketing materials. Though the funds are focused on the Hispanic community, Petrina thinks bilingual materials will positively impact both Spanish and English-speaking visitors.
The Library will hold the community conversation on May 11th at 4:30 PM. All who are interested in how they will expand their collection are invited to the discussion, especially those in the Hispanic community and those who work closely with it.