The 2019 Public Library Services Grants Are Here via @LibraryofMich

Planted money

By Karren Reish, Library Grants Coordinator, LM

This third year of the Public Library Services grant program has already been exciting. Ninety-two libraries have received grants to do summer programming related to technology, children or teens, or literacy. We approved more than 90% of the applications received and awarded $153,554 in funding.

The funded programs make for a wide range of creative ideas from libraries throughout the state:

  • At the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton, teens can participate in an arts and ecology program on Rabbit Island;
  • Teens and tweens across the state will be able to learn coding with various types of robotics activities;
  • The Southfield Public Library offers a range of space science programming based on the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
  • Several other virtual-reality programs.

The individual grantees are listed on the Public Library Services section of the Library of Michigan Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) page –

Thank you to everyone who applied, reviewed, and helped us work through this grant program. We look forward to learning what the participating libraries achieve this year. If you have not applied for this grant before, look at the guidelines and consider it for 2020. The 2020 application will be available January 2020. If you have any questions about LM grant programs, please contact Karren Reish at or 517-241-0021.


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