National Nonprofit to Help 10 Libraries Tackle Community Challenges

The Harwood Institute to Work with 10 Libraries Nationwide in Collaboration with ALA

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) May 16, 2014

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is partnering with the American Library Association (ALA) to help 10 public libraries across the country work with their communities to address challenges ranging from unemployment and poverty to literacy and Internet access. (See list of libraries below.)

The program is made possible through the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the initiative, The Harwood Institute will spend 18 months guiding the libraries through in-person training, coaching, and webinars, and increase their ability to act as innovative change-makers for communities facing a variety of challenges.

“Libraries are uniquely positioned to bring people back to the public square and strengthen their communities,” said Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute, a national nonprofit that teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems, change how communities work together and improve public discourse. The Institute is dedicated to developing public innovators — people with the mindset and skills to tackle their community’s problems.

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