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Kenly library lands $10,000 ALA grant

Leigh Gotshall is director of the Kenly Public Library, which will use a grant to install automatic doors. Library photo

KENLY — The town’s public library has received a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association, or ALA.

The library will use the money to install automatic doors, helping people with physical difficulties enter the library more easily.

“We are excited to be chosen for this impactful opportunity,” said Leigh Gotshall, the library’s director. “This grant will allow our library to provide something which many patrons have been asking for. We want our patrons to feel welcome and comfortable in our space.”

As part of the grant, Gotshall will take an online course in how to lead conversations. She will then host a conversation with residents about improving library access and use remaining grant dollars to help make those improvements.

To join the conversation, call Gotshall at 919-284-4217 or email

The grant dollars come from an ALA initiative called Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities. The competitive grant program helps small and rural libraries better serve people with disabilities.