Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced $3 million in grants to 10 public libraries and 15 library systems in the state. The money is divided equally into three pools to include digital services at libraries, provide emergency relief to libraries, and to support programs that offer services to community members. The money comes from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which authorized $3.27 million for the Wisconsin DPI.
According to State Librarian and Assistant State Superintendent Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, “Public libraries have always been the heart of our communities. During the pandemic, libraries became critical in providing internet access, workforce assistance, literacy programs, and more.”
The Winding Rivers Library System is getting nearly $126,000 to provide resources to students, job seekers, and veterans. For students, the program will provide tutoring and assistance with learning disabilities. Job seekers can get tips, practice interviews, and get help with resume writing. The libraries will also offer help for veterans navigating Veterans Affairs and provide job training resources.