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In small towns, libraries aren’t just book dispensaries: they’re often the hubs of learning. There are likely to be adult literacy classes, summer camps, and meetings of the ham radio club all within whispering distance of the circulation desk.

The National Center for Family Literacy has been charged with creating a state-of-the-art family learning center in a rural community and is seeking applicants.

“Funding secured for this initiative will provide: new furnishings and equipment conducive to family learning; a learning curriculum, supplies and materials; and staffing to provide regularly scheduled family learning events and staffed hours of operation.”

Applicants must be rural communities with populations less than 50,000. You can find the application here. All submissions must be made electronically by May 24, 2010.

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