Library get grant to improve services and offerings

Dorothy Alling Library has been awarded a grant it will use to fund outreach programs, boost music and video offerings and even reupholster furniture.

The grant was announced last week by State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane on behalf of the Freeman Foundation and the Vermont Public Library Foundation. It represents the second and third years of a three-year grant totaling $236,000. Dorothy Alling Library received its first year of grant funding in 2002.

This year, Williston’s public library will use the funding to purchase DVDs and music CDs, as well as shelving on which to store them. The library will also use the funding to pay the salary of the outreach librarian, reupholster furniture in the adult reading room and purchase pamphlet racks for the lobby.

This grant is awarded as part of the $12 million program funded by the Freeman Foundation to improve library effectiveness and community outreach throughout the state. The grants supplement local, state and federal funding for Vermont's public libraries.

About 175 libraries, defined as "public libraries" under Vermont law, are eligible for the grants.