grantThe objective of a DLA funded grant is to provide funds that help cover library programs or exhibitions that foster a sense of community engagement, and/or present timely topics of interest in areas such as civics, humanities, pop culture, world events, literature, health, family, or other areas as deemed appropriate.


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Community Engagement Grant 2018 Award News

The Delaware Library Association’s newly-formed Community Engagement Grant awarded the Lewes Public Library on January 25, 2018.  “We are thrilled to receive this grant and thrilled to continue this worthwhile program and share throughout the state,” Acting Director Kristen Gramer announced.

Lewes Library’s grant goes toward their project, “Great Decisions,” a discussion series that brings in speakers and community members together to learn and explore timely foreign policy topics.  The LPL program has been popular in previous years and the grant will provide necessary funding for the 2018 series.  Former U.S. Ambassador Nancy Powell is scheduled to moderate two sessions. This grant provides funding to cover additional honorariums.

“This is easily replicable and shared,” Ms. Gramer added.  “It resonates with our population.”  She noted that the program provides a way for different opinions to be offered in an environment that is supportive of discussion, exploration, and shared.

Shown in photo from left to right:

Rebecca Lowe, Adult Program Coordinator
Beckie Healey, Emeritus Board Member, Board of Commissioners 
Lou Braithwaite, Secretary, Board of Commissioners
Joel Rudnick, Treasurer, Delaware Library Association
Hugh Leahy, President, Board of Commissioners
Michelle Hughes, President, Delaware Library Association
Candace Vessella, President, Friends of the LPL Board
Rachel Grier-Reynold, Member-at-Large, Board of Commissioners
Cathay Keough, Executive Director, Delaware Library Association

Congratulations to the Lewes Public Library!


Congratulations also to the Brandywine Hundred Library!