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F.D. Bluford Library won a $50,000 LSTA grant to start a maker lab that will be open to the whole campus.

Greensboro, NC, 6/9/2021--F.D. Bluford Library has been awarded a $50,000 grant to be used for the creation of the Bluford Maker Lab: Design Your Future. This program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-246155-OLS-20).

These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. At F.D. Bluford Library, the LSTA grant will fund a maker lab where all NC A&T students can create digital and physical objects and access emerging technology critical for their success beyond the University. The project manager, Mr. Stephen Bollinger, said: "We are thrilled that, with LSTA's support, we can expand access to the tenets and tools of the Maker philosophy to the entire university community via Bluford Library's new Maker Lab. This will allow all of our students, colleagues, budding entrepreneurs, and innovators to ideate, prototype, and create projects that benefit their coursework, our university, and ultimately the world with their new ideas."

F.D. Bluford Library received two of the 49 competitive grants for fiscal year 2020-2021 awarded to North Carolina libraries from this year's federal allotment of $4,788,098. The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds library projects across the state that advance excellence and promote equity by strengthening capacity, expanding access, and community engagement in North Carolina's libraries.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Through the LSTA Grants to States program IMLS provides funds to State Library agencies using a population-based formula. State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through competitive subgrants to public and academic libraries. To learn more about the Institute, please visit

For more information about North Carolina's LSTA program visit the State Library of North Carolina's LSTA web page at or contact the State Library's Federal Programs Consultant at 919-814-6796.



 This image is the logo for the State Library and IMLS. It also includes a description of the grant agency's support of the project

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