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Special Needs Grant Winner

The Dearborn Public Library is a recipient of a $1000 LSTA (Library Services Technology Act) grant from the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) to purchase special manipulative items and specific resources geared towards individuals with special needs.

This grant money will allow the library to purchase multi-sensory materials for library visitors to use while at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. These items are designed to increase fine motor skills, provide sensory stimulation and foster both cognitive and emotional development.

For any interested parties, there will also be the opportunity to schedule story times, crafts or tours. Please contact Patty Podzikowski at (313) 943-2817 or for further information.

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and administered by the Library of Michigan. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

For more information, please call 313-943-2330


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