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State awards grants to local libraries

Contributed • Sep 11, 2019 at 8:27 PM

The Johnson City Public Library and Washington County’s Jonesborough Public Libraries will receive technology grants from Tennessee’s State Library and Archives.

State Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, and state Reps. Mathew Hill, R-Jonesborough, and Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, made the announcement Tuesday after being told of the grants by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

Technology grants are available for public libraries to replace or purchase technology, including computers, software, networking hardware or peripherals. The Johnson City library grant totals $19,120 and will be used for laptops, children’s workstations, software and a charging cart.

The $1,999 Washington County-Jonesborough grant will be used for a server.

“Access to technology is something many of us take for granted,” Hargett said in a news release. “Our public libraries across the state play a pivotal role in connecting Tennesseans.”

Crowe said  the library system “enables countless residents to study, learn and find work.”

 Likewise, Van Huss and Hill also said libraries play a key role in local communities.

“This important investment will benefit our citizens, as well as future generations of Northeast Tennessean,” Van Huss said in a statement.

Hill said the grant funding “will ensure that they continue to serve future generations and also have a significant impact on the educational outcomes of our children.”

The State Library and Archives is awarding more than $350,000 in technology grants across the state.

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