Announcing Our Library Programming Grant Recipients

Twice a year, the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Library Affiliate Program awards six $400 grants to public and university libraries to hold K–12 student-focused programming in American history. Learn what the Fall 2017 grant recipients have planned: 

Central City Public Library (Central City, NE) is planning two programs. The first, for grades 2–4, ties in with the school curriculum and teaches Native American history, discussing the Pawnee Indians who lived in Merrick County, where the library is located. The second program, for grades 5–12 and the general public, will teach about the events of 9/11 and honor the fallen soldiers of subsequent wars.

Grand Saline Public Library (Grand Saline, TX) is planning programming with a local museum, the Grand Saline Salt Palace. They will present programs about the Caddo Indians, who were the first to source salt from the Grand Saline salt flats. The program seeks to educate children—particularly those in grades 4–5—about local history and raise enthusiasm for a new museum that is under construction.

Independence Public Library (Independence, KS) is planning a series of programs about the history of local and national advocacy, civil rights, and civics. The program will shine a light on the African American civil rights movement, women’s rights, the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and others, targeting high school students and teaching about the history of advocacy, modern movements, and how students can get involved with issues they care about.

Middle Country Public Library (Centerreach, NY) is planning to collaborate with the Long Island Museum for a set of two programs that will teach kids about life in nineteenth-century America through primary source documents. Students will analyze paintings and learn about the artist William Sidney Mount and his life. The program is targeted toward students in grades 3–5.

Person County Public Library (Roxboro, NC) will purchase materials that will allow them to put on a series of five programs that engage students ages 8+ in learning major themes and events in American history through games and activities. When the programming is over, the library will make the materials available for future programs and for use by groups like the local homeschooling community.

Troy Public Library (Troy, NY) is planning a series of local history and daily life programs designed for specific age groups. A program designed for grades K–1 will teach about nineteenth-century home life and the kinds of games children played; a K–3 program will use local artifacts to teach about the history of the earliest inhabitants of the Mohawk Valley; a grade 3–5 program will teach about the construction of the Erie Canal; and a grade 3–8 program will teach about the Iroquious and the Great Law of Peace. 

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