Three libraries awarded ALA’s 2022 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/14/2022


Hannah Arata

Communications Specialist

Public Programs Office

American Library Association

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader, to the Aztlán Center at Colorado State University (CSU) Pueblo Library, Highgate (Vt.) Library and Community Center, and Udall (Kan.) Public Library.

The $2,500 grant is open to public, academic, K-12, tribal and special libraries and helps to support meaningful programs with limited programming budgets. The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant will support a different type of library programming each year. This year, libraries submitted applications in support of humanities-based programming.

The funded projects include:

  • The CSU Pueblo Library will host the Aztlán Center Summer Institute focused on educational programming dedicated to the study and preservation of Chicanx, Latinx, and Indigenous Peoples and Environments of the Southwest. The institute, which will occur on-campus for a full day of events, will consist of panels led by Colorado educators, presentations by museum and archives professionals and interactive exhibits to spotlight oral histories and artifacts. Activities will be livestreamed on the CSU Pueblo Library YouTube channel for remote participation.
  • Highgate (Vt.) Library and Community Center’s Charlie Cart Project is a mobile kitchen that will be utilized to create humanities programs that are multi-generational, educational, and help feed the local community. The library will host monthly cooking programs with an emphasis on international dishes and children’s programs to teach culinary skills at a young age.
  • Udall (Ks.) Public Library’s project, Discovering How Art Can Affect Our Lives, will focus on art created though critical thinking and help the community become more united through art creation and education. The program will be the library’s first art-focused program and will offer six courses on varying topics all with the intention of bringing the community together to see the library in a new light.

“A wide variety of creative library program proposals were submitted for the Peggy Barber award this year, and the committee was wholly impressed by the ingenuity of our colleagues across the country,” said Robbin Degeratu, committee chair and administrative director of Centre County Library & Historical Museum. “The three chosen humanities programs and the libraries that will bring them to life will have lasting and meaningful impacts on participants. I look forward to seeing these libraries succeed in their endeavors.”

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant was created with donations from Barber’s friends and colleagues. To support the grant, make a contribution to the Peggy Barber tribute fund within ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund.

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