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News Release from N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR)

Post Date:06/05/2017 3:26 PM

Announcement at Chapel Hill Public Library on June 8
First Lady Kristin Cooper to Announce Federal Grants to Local Libraries

RALEIGH, N.C. – First Lady Kristin Cooper will announce North Carolina’s 2017-2018 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awardees at a press conference Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

LSTA grants are distributed through the State Library of North Carolina on behalf of the state’s libraries through programs and services available under the North Carolina LSTA Five Year Plan.

This year’s 2017-2018 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants total over $2.3 million, and include 39 awards for local library projects that:

  • advance literacy and lifelong learning;
  • expand access to library resources and expertise;
  • promote partnerships and collaboration; and
  • digitize materials important to the cultural heritage of North Carolina.

These grant awards are made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-16-0034-16).

LSTA grants are awarded in response to specific needs of public, academic and community college libraries. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services to their communities.

A full list of awardees will be available June 8 on the State Library of North Carolina’s website at:

About the State Library of North Carolina
The State Library of North Carolina builds the capacity of libraries across the state, develops and supports access to genealogy and other specialized collections, and provides resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit


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