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Library Innovation Lab: Exploring New Ways of Engaging California’s Immigrant Communities

America’s public libraries have played an important role in welcoming newcomers throughout our history. This program will build on that legacy by building capacity within California libraries to develop creative and innovative programs that will respond to the needs and circumstances of today’s immigrants and immigrant communities and foster more inclusive communities within our state.

The Library Innovation Lab pilot project will provide training, support, and resources to a cohort of programming librarians. This project will enable them to design and implement new public humanities projects that will reach and engage underserved immigrant groups in their communities during the program period.

Through an open call application, 10 libraries were selected to receive $5,000 each to participate in our first round of the Library Innovation Lab grant program. This grants program will help build capacity within California libraries to develop creative and innovative programs that will respond to the needs and circumstances of today’s immigrants and immigrant communities and foster more inclusive communities within our state.

For more information, or to learn how you can participate, contact Felicia Kelley at fkelley@calhum.org or visit our Library Innovation Grants Page.

The planning phase of this project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. 

The Library Innovation Lab is supported in part through a generous in-kind donation from: