2021 Foundation Grant Award Winners

The Foundation is excited to announce that this year we were able to fund all libraries that requested funds!  With your help we provided $11,204 for initiatives that enhance day-to-day library  services, and enable libraries to provide outreach needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bolivar Free Library     $900   Create 4 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activity kits for families to borrow. The kits will include books, activities and items like microscopes and slides

Branchport, Modeste Bedient Memorial Library     $1,500  Establish a seed library which provides flower and vegetable seeds, information on how to plant, care for, and harvest seeds, and purchase books on beginning gardening and seed saving

Hammondsport, Fred and Harriet Taylor Memorial Library      $1500  Over the next six months, create and distribute take-home Little Bookworm packets for Pre-K students as well as packets tailored for seniors which include puzzles, crafts, and activities

Little Genesee, Genesee Library   $935  Purchase 3 plastic folding picnic tables to use for programs outside, and for outdoor seating for patrons and community members

Montour Falls Memorial Library    $805  Create 4 Discovery Kits for loan to children and familes:  Birdwatchers, Backyard Map Makers, Storm Chasers (in consultation with WETM News), and Fossil Finders (with advice from Ithaca’s Museum of the Earth)

Odessa, Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library     $1,445  Purchase an “event tent” with four open sides so that story hours, craft programs and other events can be safely hosted outside. The tent is to be erected by the local Boy Scout Troop and remain up all summer

Prattsburg Library     $970  Start a “Library of borrowable Things” for education and entertainment, such as binoculars, human torso model, SNES game console, portable Bluetooth speaker, and telescope

Pulteney Free Library      $800  Purchase a battery-powered snow-blower to keep four emergency exit doors clear after a snowstorm. including clear paths to the parking lot

Richburg, Colonial Library     $750  Sponsor outdoor programs for a variety of ages:  “Bwana Jim” providing information on  wildlife such as owls, snakes and other reptiles, turtles; “Pfeiffer Nature Center;”  and “Music on the Lawn,” featuring music of the 50s and 60s

Watkins Glen Public Library     $775  Enable children to participate in a 5-hour Claymation project led by Ithaca Media Arts. Participants will design and make a clay figure and create a short stop-motion animation by editing scenes together

Whitesville Public Library     $885  Expand services to adults by compiling and distributing 30 craft kits for adults to create on their own.  In addition hire an instructor to hold a Paint N Sip session, either inside or outside the library as health conditions require

The Foundation for Southern Tier Libraries is extremely proud of all the great work our libraries accomplish each day throughout Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties. We encourage more libraries to apply in 2022, and look forward to seeing the results of great efforts.