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Library to conduct study to determine best use for grant

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Jul. 10 | Modified: Jul. 15

The Appalachian Regional Library System, which includes two Watauga County branches, is collecting feedback from communities to see how to best use a $34,000 planning grant.

The grant comes through the Library Services and Technology Act and is awarded by the State Library of North Carolina, according to a news release.

Additionally, the library also received a grant to fund a childhood literary project.

First and foremost, however, the system will take time to see where the need is greatest for the incoming funds.

“We will first spend some time and effort to assess our communities, including surveying and talking with folks in all three counties, so that we will have a clear understanding of what our communities need and want from their public libraries,” ARL director Jane Blackburn said. “Then we will create service goals and objectives for our five-year plan to guide what we do to meet those needs. Finally, we will undertake a region-wide, internal, operational study to determine how best to balance regional and local control and share resources across the three counties.”

For more information about North Carolina’s LSTA program, visit the State Library of North Carolina’s LSTA website at

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