Monday, February 1, 2010

LSTA: Fox Lake (WI) Public Library to Digitize Bunny Berrigan Collection

Fox Lake (Wisconsin) Public Library

Link to February 1 Beaver Dam Daily Citizen report,"Bunny Berigan history soon to be Web friendly".

Excerpt: LSTA is a federal program that has been in existence in various forms and with various priorities since 1956. The grant money comes to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning, which in turn describes the federal LSTA program in Wisconsin.

They set up the funding categories and priorities for 2010 along with the requirements and criteria by which grant applications are rated, reviewed and awarded. This year up to seven grants were awarded with the one Bunny Berigan in Fox Lake being chosen. The grant was written by Rhonda Puntney, Youth Services and Special Needs Consultant for the Lakeshores Library System. She had become acquainted with musicians from New Orleans, who upon hearing that she was from Wisconsin, acknowledged that the famous Bunny Berigan was from Wisconsin.

Puntney, a member of the Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee Committee knew of the collection of materials in the Harriett O’Connell Historical Room and proceeded to write the grant application

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