Flandreau School Library receives $20K grant fund

Lori Williams is the librarian at Flandreau Public Schools and applied for and received grant money to purchase new equipment for the library.

If you frequent the Moody County Resource Center, you may have noticed some changes over the past couple of months — or, if it’s been awhile that you’ve stopped in, now may be a great time to visit.
A $20,000 grant awarded the facility has allowed staff the opportunity to purchase new equipment as well as new digital and physical content for the school libraries. The grant was part of $1.9 million awarded to 78 South Dakota libraries over the summer. The funds were through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and American Rescue Plan Act.
“The State Library does an amazing job keeping the librarians in our state informed about grant opportunities like this,” said library director Lori Williams. “They not only encouraged me to apply but helped me with the process.”
A portion of the grant has already been used to add a significant number of Spanish language materials as well as digital resources to better serve the school’s Latino population.
The elementary library also has 20 new iPads and two desktop computers to teach students how to use various library resources.
The Resource Center will now have access to a Promethean board to teach classes as well as helping to facilitate presentations.
The Resource Center, located adjacent to Flandreau Public Schools, offers incredible access to books and technology, and is open to more than just students. The Center often serves as a community hub and a meeting place. It can also be a lifeline for those facing a job loss or healthcare crisis, and serve as a place for those needing remote work or learning opportunities.
If virtual is an easier way for you to take advantage of what MCRC has to offer, the South Dakota State Library has also purchased $76,000 worth of audiobooks and e-books for the South Dakota Titles to Go (SDTTG) consortium with funds from IMLS through ARPA. Because the Resource Center is among the participating public libraries, you have the ability to download audio and e-books.
Download the Libby app, get a library card number, and you can start reading or listening from thousands of titles on any smart device.
The Flandreau Middle and High School Libraries also recently received the 21st Century School Library Award as an Exemplary School Library which is the highest designation. Williams said that it means the school is fulfilling the expectations of a 21st Century School Library and providing the best possible learning environment, both physical and online.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the State Library for the 21st Century School Library Award. I am proud of the work we do here and lucky to work for a school district that supports our library programs,” said Williams.
Applicants had to conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota’s guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a three-year period.   

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