WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded seven competitive grants totaling $487,158 for the Pacific territories, Freely Associated States, and Hawaii.
IMLS provides support for Pacific territories, Freely Associated States, and U.S. Virgin Islands through a competitive process administered by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. This year’s grants were awarded to the following:
Feleti Barstow Public Library in Pago Pago, American Samoa
-Joeten-Kiyu Public Library on Saipan, CNMI
-FSM National Archives, Culture and Historic Preservation in Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM
-Guam Public Library System in Hagatña, Guam
-Palau Ministry of Education in Koror, Palau
-Alele Museum, Public Library & National Archives in Majuro, Marshall Islands
A seventh award was made through the IMLS National Leadership Grant program to the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning in Honolulu, Hawaii. The $249,558 grant will support a project-based curriculum that uses the topics of nutrition and cultivation to increase childhood literacy.
"The Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States face unique challenges in terms of connectivity, language, and outreach,” said IMLS director Susan Hildreth. “While these projects are designed to address local needs, they also offer models of library service for other island nations." (IMLS)