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Cornelius library awarded $9,645 grant

Cornelius Public Library has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant

The Cornelius Public Library has been awarded a $9,645 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to expand library services to Latinos.

The grant will fund a paid graduate internship position to work with current staff providing literacy services and programs to the Spanish speaking community. The grant may be extended for a second year with a 50 percent match if the library can raise another $5,000 from other sources.

In 2007, LSTA provided funds for creating the Latino outreach coordinator position, matched the following year by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

'Cornelius provides the highest percentage of Spanish language materials in the Washington County Cooperative Library System. Fourteen percent of all our checkouts are in Spanish,' said library director Karen Hill.

'We've been turning down invitations to provide literacy programs at places like the local Head Starts and schools,' noted Maria Aguilar, Latino outreach coordinator for the library. 'This intern will allow us to resume those and other programs that target the underserved Latino community.'

Each year, the Oregon State Library budget leverages a two-to-one match of federal funds under the LSTA state block grant program. The LSTA state block grant program is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Cornelius was one of 13 libraries receiving the grant this year. Uses of the block grant funds are subject to the state's LSTA five-year plan.

For more information about library services, visit ci.cornelius.or.us/library.