Rochester library one of 30 to receive nationwide grant

The Rochester Hills Public Library received a coveted grant to present a series of programs focusing on the documentary, “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women,” as well as the written biography of the same name (authored by Harriet Reisen). Rochester Hills, led by library adult services manager Sheila Konen, was just one of 30 libraries in the country to receive the grant, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities and sponsored by the American Library Association.

The Rochester Hills Public Library is offering six Louisa May Alcott programs in partnership with the Rochester Hills Museum and Oakland University. While the kickoff happened earlier this month, book discussions and screenings will run through November.

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“The grant was awarded to 30 libraries around the country. They are probably split between university libraries and public libraries, and we’re the only library in Michigan that was awarded the grant, which will cover the cost of putting on the programs,” she said. “I thought it would be a fantastic way to re-introduce people to Louisa May Alcott, because, in reading the grant, I found out a lot of things about her that I wasn’t aware of.”

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