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9/15/2015 2:31:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
HMONG CULTURAL CENTER RECEIVES FUNDING FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES TO EXPAND THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY
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In July 2015, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a fiscal year 2015 Federal Year - Library Services and Technology Act - Competitive Grant [LS-00-15-0024-15] from the Minnesota Department of Education through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to the largest Hmong population of any metropolitan area in the U.S. The "Hmong Resource Center Library Expansion Project" will enhance the physical and online resources available about Hmong culture and history for both Hmong and non-Hmong members of the Twin Cities community including parents of Hmong children, 9-12 grade students, college students in multicultural education classes in such fields as Education and the Health Sciences and professionals working their enhance cultural competency skills including those working in Education, Social Services, Library Services and the Health Sciences.

Funds will support expansion of the Hmong Cultural Center's already comprehensive Hmong Resource Center Library Collection (www.hmonglibrary.org) to include books, professional journal articles, dissertations and theses and research reports related to Hmong Americans and Hmong history and culture more generally and also will also involve the enhancement of the library's physical space through the acquisition of new display cases for books and other resources. Enhancements to the library's growing and already heavily utilized Hmong Studies virtual library will also be part of the project.

Given the uniqueness of the Hmong Resource Center Library and the 25,000 individuals it serves annually through both physical and online resources, this project will play an important role in promoting lifelong learning and continuing education through the provision of comprehensive educational resources about the Hmong to large audiences of Hmong families, high school and college students as well as professionals in the Twin Cities area, cultivating a more informed local citizenry pertaining to issues of health, access to justice and community development. The expansion of the library will be part of a new Hmong History Center and Library providing educational resources to visitors at the Hmong Cultural Center.

About Hmong Cultural Center: Founded in 1992, Hmong Cultural Center's mission is to promote the personal development of children, youth, and adults through Hmong cultural education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding between Hmong and non-Hmong persons. The center's website is at www.hmongcc.org. To learn more about programs at Hmong Cultural Center call 651-917-9937 or stop by the center at 375 University Avenue, Suite 204 in Saint Paul.




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