The Blackstone Public Library has won an important grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Blackstone Public Library has received a
$5,000 federal IMLS/LSTA grant to be used for the Pathways to Success: Health & Wellness project that encourages town residents to become healthier by using library resources. Your library will empower its adult patrons to use technology in assisting them to create, manage, and reach goals which promote healthy lifestyle changes. Patrons may sign up for weekly one to one classes with staff members who will assist them in finding the answers they are searching for concerning health. Large group classroom instruction and fun informative programs will be available, and guest speakers will address topics such as meditation, nutrition, eating to manage diabetes, etc. There will be programming and new library resources on gardening, care of poultry, weight management, exercise, and much more. A new library webpage http://www.pathwaystohealth.info, will direct residents to these resources and events.
Upon learning that the Blackstone Public Library received the federal grant, Lisa Cheever, director of the library, said, "This grant will help the library meet the needs of a very important and vital segment of our society. It is difficult for patrons to disseminate what information on the Internet is helpful and valid. Our staff members want to teach adults that finding accurate information in answering their health related questions is as easy as checking their email."
In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, databases, the Commonwealth eBook Collection, the Commonwealth Catalog, and mass.gov/libraries, which provides information and resources for residents.
LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Commonwealth of the MBLC. More information about LSTA can be found at www.mass.gov/mblc.