Kershaw County Library Uses LSTA Grant to Take Programming on the Road

Friday, May 14, 2021
A library staffer from Keshaw County Library standing beside the upgraded programming van.

An LSTA grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services helped us get programming rolling at the Kershaw County Library. Library staff desired a way to continue services even though the pandemic put in-person activities on hold. Grant money enabled them to equip a Dodge Caravan with a ramp and supplies for pop-up programming, providing more than 175 outreach events. The library also instituted book giveaways at food distribution sites to offer books to families that might not otherwise be able to access them. 

A Library Services Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the South Carolina State Library made the van purchase possible. The grant funded the majority of the cost: $28,500 of the $35,281 total.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.  IMLS advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development.  The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries.  SCSL develops, supports, and sustains a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger.  

For additional information about grants, contact Grants Coordinator Wendy Coplen.