Woodward Public Library Receives National Grant For Small And Rural Libraries

$10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents with Disabilities to Increase Library Accessibility

Woodward, OK — The Woodward Public Library has been selected as one of 310 libraries to participate in round two of Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities.

The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library replace the Community Room furniture to improve accessibility and increase the participation of library users with mobility disabilities.

“This grant is a game-changer,” said Library Director Connie Terry. “It allows us to invest in accessible furniture, creating a truly inclusive library experience for users with mobility disabilities. We’re committed to breaking down barriers and fostering a love of learning for all.”

As part of the grant, Woodward Public Library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host a conversation with residents about the project and use the grant funds to acquire new accessible furniture. By acquiring accessible furniture, the library will ensure equal participation for all community members, including those with mobility disabilities, at programs and events, creating an inclusive learning environment for the entire community.

If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact Andrea Davis by email at adavis@woodward.lib.ok.us, call 580-254-8544, or visit the library for more information.

Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.

“Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).”

The Woodward Public Library is a cornerstone of the Woodward community, providing vital resources and programs for people of all ages. With a commitment to lifelong learning, the library offers a wide selection of books, audiobooks, ebooks, and more digital resources. The library also hosts a variety of programs, events, and activities for children, teens, and adults. The Woodward Public Library is dedicated to fostering a love of reading, promoting literacy, and providing access to information for all.


Andrea Davis

Adult Services Librarian