BEVERLY, MA — Beverly Public Library will use a $7,500 grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to fund a program supporting holistic wellness and learning.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded the grant under the federal Health & Wellness Library Services and Technology Act. Beverly’s Holistic Wellness For All program will provide holistic health education, tools and wellness opportunities to those who need them most.
“I am super excited to get this project rolling,” said Lisa Ryan, Head of Reference and project coordinator, “especially during these times of COVID-19 when mental health and self-care is so important.”
Beverly Library Director Allison Babin added: “We look forward to expanding the ways we serve our community through this timely endeavor.”
The commissioners developed this direct grant program using federal funding to help libraries meet local community needs.
“We are thankful for this grant award from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners that will provide funding for health and wellness programs and materials at the Beverly Public Library,” Beverly Mayor Mike Cahill said. “MBLC grant funds make a significant difference in our library offerings and we appreciate the continued support which allows our library to provide exceptional programs and services to our community.”
The commission uses the federal act funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, research databases, the statewide eBook program, the Commonwealth Catalog an information and resources for residents through the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the state through the commission.
“We are proud to deliver grant funding to libraries for projects that fill unique needs of libraries across Massachusetts.” said Rob Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC. “Libraries continue to be a vital resource to the communities they serve. Programs funded through LSTA grants illustrate the diverse range of topics and audiences served by Massachusetts libraries.”