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Posted on: August 19, 2021

The American Library Association (ALA) Awards the North Miami Public Library with $45,000 in COVID

The American Library Association (ALA) Awards the North Miami Public Library with $45,000 in COVID Emergency Relief

North Miami, FL – August 19, 2021

The City of North Miami is proud to announce that the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the North Miami Public Library as a recipient of the ALA COVID Library Relief Funds totaling $45,000. The North Miami Public Library is among 34 nationwide grantees that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund provides grants between $30,000 and $50,000 and represents a significant non-federal grant opportunity for libraries. Grants support libraries' efforts to enhance technology access, collection development, digital instruction, staffing, and outreach, while maintaining and amplifying existing services through the end of 2021. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all levels of library services during the past year,” says Library Director Lucia Gonzalez. “This grant will be of great help in support of our efforts to be prepared to meet the needs of students and families as the new school year begins and children return to classrooms. These funds will allow the Library to purchase much needed books for children and teens as well as continue providing after school learning opportunities and literacy based family programming and initiatives.” 

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is generously supported by Acton Family Giving as part of its pandemic responsive grant-making. Initial seed funding was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of its efforts to bolster educational and cultural organizations devastated by the economic fallout from COVID-19. For a complete list of grant recipients and project proposals, visit ALA’s COVID Library Relief Fund. To schedule an interview with North Miami Public Library Director Lucia Gonzalez, please email your request to Susset Cabrera at


About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government, and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library's role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit 

About the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation's largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. About Acton Family Giving Acton Family Giving supports distinct initiatives and collective efforts. Its Empathy Building Initiative, launched in 2014, partners with organizations building connections across difference and reaffirming our common humanity. This work is rooted in the belief that an empathetic society fosters stronger, healthier, and more just communities. Acton Family Giving is part of the Wildcard Giving philanthropic family.

About the City of North Miami

North Miami is a suburban city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is roughly 10 miles (16 km) north of Miami. The city lies on Biscayne Bay which surrounds the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University. North Miami is home to a diverse demographic of residents. With more than 64,000 residents, North Miami is the sixth largest city in Miami-Dade County. We are home to the Oleta River State Park; the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System and the nationally accredited Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA North Miami).

Media Contact:

Susset Cabrera, Communications Manager
305 895 9888, Ext. 12151

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