State Library Awards Multilingual Collection Development Grants

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Twenty-one South Carolina library systems enter 2022 with grant money to expand their resources and programs for multilingual patrons. The Multilingual Collection Development Grants help support people who speak a language other than English at home by offering new library materials in their first languages. The goal is to strengthen relationships between public libraries and members of this population. Since Spanish is the second most spoken language in South Carolina, many grant recipients will purchase Spanish materials. Libraries with a need for Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian, French, and German materials will also feature these languages. We encourage recipients to work with community partners to help bring awareness to their collections.

The $2000 grants are part of the American Rescue Plan Act and funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the South Carolina State Library (SCSL).

 Recipient Libraries include:

Abbeville County Library System

ABBE Regional Library – Aiken

AHJ Regional Library - Jasper

Anderson County Library

Beaufort County Library

Berkeley County Library

Calhoun County Library

Chapin Memorial Library

Cherokee County Library

Chester County Library

Darlington County Library

Florence County Library

Kershaw County Library

Lexington County Library

Newberry County Library

Pickens County Library

Saluda County Library

Spartanburg County Library

Sumter County Library

Union County Library

York County Library

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