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The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
“Learners are at the center of all of our initiatives, as we dedicate our efforts towards lifelong learning and literacy. Our libraries have become community anchors that address diverse needs, including employment and economic development, civic engagement, and human services. We’ll be there to lead and support these efforts.”
--Holly Henley, State Librarian, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan. For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
Round Valley Robot Makerspace: A STEM Project
The Apache County Library District used grant funds to enhance the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills of middle school students in rural Round Valley, through twice-weekly LEGO robot sessions during the school year. The library also partnered with the school district to host two open houses, two STEM nights, two presentations by a roboticist from Tucson, robot-related film nights, and a booth at the Apache County Fair. Students reported learning problem-solving strategies, and a group of participating 8th graders went on to form the first-ever robot club in Round Valley. This club later won the Highest Seeded Rookie Award and Rookie All Star Award in the 2014 Arizona FIRST Robotics Regionals, earning them a trip to the World Championships.
IMLS Funds: $25,150
Building a New Generation of Readers
This ongoing statewide project supports libraries in teaching parents, grandparents and early childcare providers strategies to prepare children to become readers from birth. Using Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library as the basis of the early literacy instruction, the state library provided training and materials, and participating libraries offered workshops both in the library and at outreach locations. Library staff also interacted with parents and caregivers by modeling early literacy strategies in storytimes, and many created space in their libraries where adults and children could enjoy early literacy activities together. As a result of training on brain development, survey respondents indicated that they would change some of the activities they do with children. Additionally, through the hiring of an Early Literacy Specialist to work one-on-one with librarians, the project implemented a mentoring program.
IMLS Funds: $55,208
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
- Casa Grande Public Library’s Digital Storytime project: Digital Storytime Means Serious Fun – and Vital Learning – for Arizona Toddlers
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
- Provide model programs, resources and marketing materials to help Arizona libraries support lifelong learning and literacy. Activities include, but are not limited to the Every Child Ready to Read program and other early literacy initiatives, summer library reading programs, OneBookAZ, information literacy, and programming for adults.
- Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support lifelong learning and literacy for Arizona residents.
General Services and Initiatives
- Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support targeted collection development.
Access to E-Resources
- Provide access to e-books, statewide databases of periodical and reference resources, and historic Arizona newspapers.
- Support and evaluate our interlibrary loan services.
- Continue to support the growth of the Arizona Memory Project.
Economic and Employment Development
- Provide model programs, resources and marketing materials to help Arizona libraries support job seekers.
- Provide e-resources and print materials for residents seeking job assistance and training programs.
- Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support efforts related to employment and economic development.
- Provide information resources needed in the business community.
- Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support efforts related to economic development.
- Provide consulting services on both a formal and informal basis to all public, tribal and non-profit libraries in Arizona. Activities include regular meetings with county librarians, as well as other library leaders and staff, visits with library staff both onsite and in the state library offices, tribal library outreach, regular electronic and telephone communication with the greater library community, and strategic planning support for public and tribal libraries.
- Provide continuing education opportunities for all library staff, students, volunteers and support groups. Activities include speaker events; workshops and conferences; our Library Institute, both in-person and virtually; our Library Leadership Program; an online learning tool for library staff; individual scholarships for training opportunities; and support of a statewide library certification program.
- Continue to provide support that will allow our library staff throughout the state to develop their skills and knowledge. Activities include conference attendance, training events, and enrollment in college-level library classes or a program leading to certification.
Marketing and Market Research
- Provide resources and marketing materials to expand and promote collections for Arizona libraries and residents across the state, and embrace new technologies to deliver those resources.
- Support research and the dissemination of that research about Arizona’s libraries. Activities include gathering Arizona public library statistics; the dissemination of best practices, especially of exemplary programs; training and other support to build an evaluation culture within the state library and across Arizona libraries.
- Continue to build both formal and informal partnerships and collaborations with other state agencies, educational and non-profit organization and library educators to strengthen library services and programs across the state.
- Support the development of and help promote individual programs or series that address community topics of interest, either as presentations or discussions.
- Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support efforts related to civic and community engagement.
Access to Government Information
- Offer access to governmental information and documents.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Provide access to the Braille and Talking Book Library for Arizona residents who need these resources.
Health and Social Services Information
- Continue to support our Equal Access to Justice initiative.
- Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support efforts related to community referral resources.
IMLS Data Collection
State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Read Arizona's profile (PDF, 345 KB) from the most recent PLS publication.