The Florence Community Library was recently awarded a LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant in the amount of $11,400.  The grant is funded by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

The money will be used to provide opportunities for cultural engagement to the community, by offering a series of enriching cultural programs at the Florence Community Library.  Funds received for this project will be used to pay the fees and honorariums that are required to bring in speakers, performers, authors, and other presenters.  Equipment, such as a portable stage and microphone, as well as advertising and promotional materials can also be funded with these grant dollars.  

The Florence Community Library will have approximately 15 programs between September, 2015 and May, 2016.  Programs will include performances (musicians, dancers, actors) with an informational section before or after, presentations based on research of a particular topic, and speakers (such as authors) who talk about their cultural works.  

The LSTA grant money will also be used to purchase books, DVDs, music CDs, and other related materials that relate to the cultural topics that are presented.  Patrons will be able to check out these items.  

The library has distributed a survey asking patrons for times when programs will best fit their schedules, as well as what types of programs they would like to see.  

All events will be held in the programming room in the new library facility, which is scheduled to be open this summer.  

For questions about these programs or other library related questions, please call the Florence Community Library at (520) 868-8311.