Menomonee Falls Public Library: The Library’s Read Africa grant proposal will be fully funded!


05/28/2021

The Menomonee Falls Public Library is delighted to announce that our Reading Africa grant proposal will be fully funded! The money awarded will be used to purchase new materials to help Wisconsin readers deepen their understanding of Africa.

Read Africa 2021 grant program winners

the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce the winners of the Read Africa Grants competition. Grants will be awarded to public libraries in Wisconsin to enrich their collections with new titles that will allow readers to deepen their understanding of Africa. Over $ 20,000 in funding will be distributed to 34 libraries, representing 14 of Wisconsin’s 16 library systems.

The winning proposals came from the following libraries. Their proposals will be fully funded:

Appleton Public Library, Burlington Public Library, Eager Free Public Library, Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Kenosha Public Library, Kewaunee Public Library, Manitowoc Public Library, Mead Public Library, Menomonee Falls Public Library, Milton Public Library, Pepin Public Library, Poy Sippi Library, Prescott Public Library, Soldiers Grove Public Library, Sparta Free Library, and Washburn Public Library.

The following proposals will receive partial funding for their proposals:

Amery Area Public Library, Beloit Public Library, Brown County Library, Cedarburg Public Library, Clinton Public Library, Colfax Public Library, Edgerton Public Library, ED Locke Public Library, Hammond Community Library, Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library, La Crosse Public Library, Madison Public Library, McIntosh Memorial Library, Platteville Public Library, Shawano County Library, Stoughton Public Library, Sun Prairie Public Library, and WJ Niederkorn Library.

UW-Madison African Studies Associate Director Aleia McCord said: “We were delighted to receive so many creative and high quality proposals for the READ AFRICA program. We are delighted to support librarians in their efforts to provide Wisconsin residents with access to titles and programs that bring knowledge about the diversity of the African continent to communities statewide. “

Librarians were encouraged to select books from two different lists. The first, the List of African books, was organized by Ainehi Edoro-Glines(Assistant Professor of English and African Cultural Studies) and Vincent Ogoti (doctoral candidate, African cultural studies). The second includes the winners of the Africana Children’s Book Prize (CABA). Since 1991, Access Africa and the Awareness Council of the Association for African Studies, in partnership with the Center for African Studies at Howard University, awarded this annual award to authors and illustrators of the best books for children and young adults on Africa with the aim of promoting accurate and balanced perspectives on the continent.

“We are delighted to see so many libraries adding diverse information and entertainment to their library catalogs,” says Cindy Fesemyer of the library service teams at the Department of Public Education at WI, a partner organization of Read Africa.

Looking for other ways to bring Africa to your community? The University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to one of the country’s first and best African studies programs. The African Studies Program is inspired and guided by the idea of ​​Wisconsin to share the expertise, talents and scholarship of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to promote the study of Africa in schools and communities. communities of Wisconsin. We offer a range of free awareness programs and personalized support to help communities broaden their understanding of African life, lands and languages. We invite you to take advantage of this local and global resource.


This press release was produced by Menomonee Falls Public Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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