Library Teams with Wallace, Others to Train Librarians

CULLMAN, Alabama - The Cullman County Public Library System (CCPLS) will be taking a lead role in training Alabama librarians to serve the needs of Hispanic residents thanks to a federal grant and Wallace State Community College.

The Public Library Division of the Alabama Library Association and the Cullman library has been awarded a $15,579.00 federal Library Services and Technology Act grant by the Alabama Public Library Service to provide training in Conversational Spanish for library workers. This training, which will be provided by Wallace State Community College, will be provided for approximately 100 library workers from across the state at Wallace’s main campus in Hanceville and at the State Library in Montgomery.

“We saw a need to adequately prepare our workers to serve all library users,” said John Paul Myrick, MLS, County Librarian, “and with the excellent resources available at Wallace State, we were able to get multiple agencies to partner to make this training available. “

The grant, awarded to CCPLS, will allow the Public Library Division of the Alabama Library Association to not only provide the language training necessary, but place “English-as-Second-Language” materials in participating Alabama public libraries. CCPLS will administer this project on behalf of the Public Library Division.  Myrick is currently serving as Chairman of that division of the state library association.

“We are very pleased that Wallace State was recognized and was given the chance to help Alabama’s public libraries serve all of their users.” Said Dr. Ken Crow, Director of Continuing Education for the Hanceville college.

            Founded in 1928, the Cullman County Public Library System is the information and cultural affairs agency of the Cullman County Commission and operates five branches; the Cullman Library at 200 Clark Street, the Hanceville Branch on Main Street, the Garden City Public Library and Fairview libraries located in their respective Town Halls, the Bevill Branch in Colony, in addition to two Bookmobiles.  A coming E-branch in the Cullman County Courthouse will be the library’s sixth location.