Greenville Public Library receives grant

Greenville Public Library receives grant

SMITHFIELD – The Greenville Public Library is among nine organizations that will receive grants through the Archive, Document, Display and Disseminate (ADDD) Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“By providing the resources to bolster libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations, we can enlarge their position as community centers that encourage dialogue around important topics,” creator of the ADDD fund, Herman Rose, said.

The ADDD fund started in 1986 and over the years, it has awarded nearly $400,000 in grants.

The money is meant to increase public access to information through preserving and promoting print, digital or other material.

The Greenville Public Library received funding to purchase equipment that will make it easier for patrons to access the digitized archives of the former Smithfield Observer newspaper and the Mary Mowry Collection.

“These collections are vital resources for patrons looking to learn more about their family history or reconnect with the past,” assistant library director, Cassie Patterson, said.

“Because the Observer archive spans three generations, it has become a historical database of key local events and a way to trace family history, in addition to offering a native lens on events of historical significance,” she said.

The other recipients include the Center for Southeast Asians for the publication of “Through the Bamboo Forest: Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees in America,” Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island to convert its oral history project, “My Story, Our Community,” into a traveling exhibit that will be staged in every Rhode Island city and town; and Stages of Freedom to print 10,000 copies of “On the Rhode to Freedom: Black Historic Sites in Rhode Island,” a self-guided, statewide tour of upwards of 55 historic sites related to state’s African American history, people and events.