Rudman Trust Awards Grants to Maine Libraries
March 29, 2013
Northeastern Maine Library District Consultant
Maine State Library
(207) 947-8336 x 114
Rudman Trust Awards Grants to Maine Libraries Forty-one public libraries in the Northeastern Maine Library District (Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington counties) were awarded grants recently ranging from $275-$1,000 from the Rudman Trust. The sole purpose of the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust, created in 1986, is to help libraries better serve their communities. According to the staff at the Maine Community Foundation, the Trust manager, the Rudmans were struck by the commitment to learning and reading as evidenced by libraries in towns Mr. Rudman passed through on business. He and his wife wanted to encourage these libraries in smaller communities to continue and expand programming and outreach through the trust that bears their name.
The Trust encourages creative solutions to the challenges faced by many small libraries by supporting the following activities: Programming (speakers, storytellers, book discussions, children’s performers, cultural events); Collections and program tailored to meet local interests; Sharing resources through collective purchasing and cooperatives; Collaboration with community groups and agencies; and Digitizing special collections.
Each January, applications are accepted by the Maine Community Foundation on behalf of the Trust. In order to apply, your library must be in one of the seven NMLD counties, have a population of less than 10,000, and the library must have completed the previous year’s Public Library Annual Report.
For the complete listing of libraries selected to receive funding from the Rudman Trust for 2013: http://mainecf.org/rudmangrants.aspx
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