Schuylkill Valley Community Library

The Schuylkill Valley Community Library received a $3,000 national grant aimed at small and rural libraries. The library in Bern Township is seen here celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. 

A Berks County library received a national grant aimed at helping small and rural libraries better serve their communities.

The Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Bern Township, was awarded a competitive grant of $3,000 through Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small & Rural Libraries.

It is one of 517 libraries nationwide and the only library in the county to receive the award.

An initiative of the American Library Association with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the grant program is focused on helping library workers better serve small and rural communities.

“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” Christie Brown, library director, said in a news release. “This grant will allow our library to get to know our residents better and help us build a happier and healthier community for our families.”

As part of the grant, the library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today, Brown said.

“A number of events and political issues in our country over the past several years have made it quite obvious that our area is divided, as is much of our country” she said in the release. “We hope to use this project to begin conversations among family, friends, and neighbors so that we may all understand each other’s perspectives.”

The library plans to use current topics relating to literature as a centerpiece for the discussions.

To take part in a conversation, contact Christie Brown at svcl@berks.lib.pa.us.

For more information, visit the library’s website

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