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ALA distributes $1.55 million in COVID emergency relief to 77 U.S. libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today grants of $20,000 to 77 libraries that continue to experience substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund grantees are academic, correctional, public, school, and tribal libraries from 32 states and Puerto Rico. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is one of the largest non-federal grant opportunities for libraries.

ALA announces $1.55M second round of emergency fund for libraries impacted by COVID-19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today it will make available  $1.55M in emergency relief grants to more than 75 libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, tribal, and correctional libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $20,000.

ALA stands with Ukrainian library community

CHICAGO — The American Library Association and its divisions support our Ukrainian colleagues and will work with the global library community to answer the appeal from the Ukrainian Library Association to provide accurate information as a means to support democracy and freedom of expression.

ALA donates $15,000 to assist libraries in Louisiana and New Jersey damaged by Hurricane Ida

CHICAGO — Libraries and communities in Louisiana and the along the East Coast are still struggling to recover from damage from category 4 Hurricane Ida which ravaged a huge part of the country in August.

Thanks to support from members and other library supporters, the ALA Disaster Relief Fund is sending $5,000 each to the Lafourche Parish Library (Louisiana), the St. Charles Parish Library (Louisiana) and the Caldwell Public Library (New Jersey) restore and upgrade resources and services.

Communities for Immunity awards funding to 50 additional museums and libraries to advance vaccine confidence

Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA—A coalition of national museum and library associations today announced the recipients of the second round of funding for Communities for Immunity.

ALA donates $12,000 to re-establish and restore public libraries in Haiti

CHICAGO — ALA and its members, through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund, have provided $12,000 to the Bibliothèque Nationale d’Haïti to re-establish two of its public libraries whose locations that were damaged and made uninhabitable due to the large earthquake that struck Haiti in August.

ALA distributes $1.25 million in COVID emergency relief to 34 U.S. libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced the distribution of $1.25 million to 34 recipients of emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Through the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund, grantees representing academic, public, school, and tribal libraries will receive grants between $30,000 and $50,000 to support library services and operations. 

ALA releases American Rescue Plan state funding resource for libraries 

ALA has published a new resource that details how libraries of all types can best obtain a portion of the state-allocated funding outlined in the American Rescue Plan Act. Passed by Congress on March 10, 2021, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes $200 million for

Virtual Money Smart Week, April 10-17, focuses on those hardest hit by pandemic

CHICAGO – The pandemic and the ensuing financial crisis had a devastating impact on low- and moderate-income communities, underscoring the need for sound financial management. During Money Smart Week, April 10-17, online programs will feature financial programming for communities hurting the most.

The week will feature a week-long free virtual campaign aimed at helping people better manage their personal finances, with a focus on those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.