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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.
“It is essential that we evaluate the services we are providing in an ongoing way, and that we support the growth in knowledge of our library staff to ensure we are able to offer the library services our community needs.”
--Employees of the Public Library System, Guam
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.
Improve Services for Lifelong Learning
Grant funds supported a program coordinator to research and develop programs targeted to underserved individuals, families of diverse backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly. The library also held programs, including the monthly Saturday Story Hour at the main library and the Dededo Library Branch, in which staff and volunteers read stories to and sang songs with the children, followed by arts and crafts related to the day’s theme. The main library also held Toddler Story Telling every Wednesday for children, ages 0-4, which gave parents the opportunity to engage their children at the library. The Read Across America! program was a day-long celebration of reading, songs, arts and crafts, a parade, and cupcakes in celebration of Dr. Seuss. Grant funds also supported a summer reading club with a six-week program targeted to three age groups: 0-5, 6-12, and 13-18.
IMLS Funds: $36,189
Library Technology, Connectivity, and Services
This project provided access to the Horizon Database System and trained library technicians on scanning and preserving important and historical documents and photographs. Grant funds supported an upgrade to broadband connectivity, along with hardware and software. As part of the project, staff began converting reel-to-reel and cassette tapes to a digital format. The library system bookmobile gained access to the Horizon Database System and allowed the library technician to check patrons’ books in and out electronically.
IMLS Funds: $84,049
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
- Guam Public Library System’s story hours: Early Learning in the Pacific Region
- Guam Public Library System’s services for people with disabilities: Library Services Training in the Pacific Region
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
- Sustain patron services and literacy outreach to underserved individuals, families of diverse backgrounds, individuals with varied mastery of English, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.
- Continue and strengthen emergent literacy programs for children up to the age of 5.
- Offer public courses in basic computer literacy and use of the Internet.
Access to E-Resources
- Our website will be accessible from any home that has Internet connectivity.
- Our online catalog will be accessible from any home that has Internet connectivity.
- Continue our efforts to build the Horizon Database System’s offerings of historically important documents.
- Train all staff on the Horizon Database System upgrades.
- Upgrade computer hardware and software to meet the needs of patrons and library staff and enhance the services our libraries offer.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Continue to support the work of the Program Coordinator in the effort to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and the elderly.
IMLS Data Collection
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.