THREE Glasgow libraries will receive funding as part of an annual Scottish Government award.

The grant this year was focused on projects which championed anti-racism and anti-discrimination.

St Albert’s Primary School in Pollokshields and Barrowland Ballet were awarded £11,120 for their ‘We can be Heroes’ project aimed at ensuring an inclusive environment for all pupils and challenging systemic racism in the arts and literature.

Barmulloch Primary and Additional Learning Needs Provision in Springburn were awarded £13,000 for their ‘Digital and Family Learning Hub’ project that will provide resources for staff and pupils to learn about cultural histories and traditions and enhance the school’s multi-cultural environment.

Lourdes Secondary in the South West of Glasgow was awarded £15,870 for its ‘Inclusive Storytelling for Healthy Minds’ project. The project will allow creative arts therapy staff to explore diverse storytelling forms and make groups accessible to all students, especially those who struggle with mainstream storytelling media.

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Students will be able to access storytelling-themed games, arts and crafts, and visual forms of storytelling which enable them to express themselves and their mental and emotional health concerns.

Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said: “Libraries play a key role in our communities and our schools and projects funded through these awards will help to improve the services they can offer.

“Promoting sustainability is integral to our Net Zero ambitions to tackle climate change and our public libraries are an important focal point for conversations and taking action. 

“And as part of our wider approach to creating anti-racist environments in school, it is great to see school libraries engaging our young people on the importance of belonging, inclusion and social justice.”

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive at the Scottish Library and Information Council, said: “As we begin to rebuild our society following the pandemic, school and public libraries are an essential part of the recovery process to ensure our future social and economic well-being.

“We’re particularly proud to provide funding awards to projects that champion anti-racism and anti-discrimination across school libraries as examples of how libraries can make a valuable contribution to Scotland’s social fabric.”