ALA awards additional 13 Library Census Equity Fund grantees

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/13/2020


Shawnda Hines

Assistant Director, Communications

Public Policy and Advocacy Office


WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One announced the names of 13 additional libraries receiving Library Census Equity Fund mini-grants of $2,000 to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.  

In November 2019, more than 500 libraries of all types had submitted applications for Library Census Equity Fund mini-grants. ALA awarded 59 mini-grants in December 2019 and an additional 21 mini-grants on April 9, based on available funding at the time. With support from Capital One, ALA is now awarding 13 additional mini-grants.  

Across the country, libraries are adapting their census outreach activities in response to COVID-19. Residents can respond to the census through August 14. 

Applications were reviewed by a selection committee established by ALA’s 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force: Tom Adamich, Patricia Ball, Heather Cousin, Susan Hildreth, and Cecilia Tovar. 

The 13 new Library Census Equity Fund grantees are: 

  • Ainsworth Public Library (Williamstown, Vt.) 
  • Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library (Harpers Ferry, W. Va.) 
  • Calhoun County Library (Hampton, Ark.) 
  • Jefferson County Rural Library District (Port Hadlock, Wash.) 
  • Kern County Library (Bakersfield, Calif.) 
  • Lantana Public Library (Lantana, Fla.) 
  • Morley Library (Painesville, Ohio) 
  • North Miami Beach Public Library (North Miami Beach, Fla.) 
  • Patchogue-Medford Library (Patchogue, N.Y.) 
  • Plum Creek Library System (Worthington, Minn.) 
  • Show Low Public Library (Show Low, Ariz.) 
  • Trails Regional Library (Warrensburg, Mo.) 
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries (Las Vegas, Nev.) 

ALA is providing resources for libraries supporting a fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census. To learn more, visit and follow the conversation on social media with #CountOnLibraries