Mitchell's Huskins Library awarded 'She Changed the World' state grant

Mitchell's Huskins Library awarded 'She Changed the World' state grant

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Mitchell Community College student Wesley Kivett takes advantage of a sunny December day to catch up on his work on the steps of Huskins Library on the college’s campus in 2011.

Mitchell Community College’s Huskins Library recently received a Library Services and Technology Act Community Engagement Grant from the State Library of North Carolina in the amount of $4,811.

The second LSTA grant received by Huskins Library in 2019, this award will fund programming during the month of March (Women’s History Month), as well as the first week of April, in conjunction with the “She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers” initiative by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

This initiative, according to the department, “celebrates the achievements of North Carolina women and explores the diversity of their experiences and impact on our history” in accordance with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Titled “She Gather Me: A Celebration of Women,” the grant will fund a series of events focused on the achievements of women, with an emphasis on the accomplishments of women from North Carolina, such as film screenings, a musical performance, a panel discussion with local women business owners, and more. All events will be free and open to the public.

“A commitment to equity is one of the college’s core values,” said Sarah Sowa, Mitchell librarian and project manager. “These events will not only celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of women, they will also give participants a platform to discuss how we as a community can work together to improve and protect equity for all.

“This grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant No. NC-19-54).”

Mitchell Community College serves 10,000 students annually through a variety of curriculum, continuing education and workforce development programs. With campuses in Statesville and Mooresville, Mitchell offers education options to residents of Iredell County and the surrounding area. For more information, visit or call (704) 878-3200 (Statesville campus) or (704) 663-1923 (Mooresville campus).

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