NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a grant check in Marshall County Thursday.
The grant, distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will help with library technology upgrades.
“These are more than investments in supplies or computers. These grants provide access to technology and information for more Tennesseans than ever before,” said Secretary Hargett said. “I’m proud the Library and Archives plays such a vital role in ensuring limited state and federal dollars are used wisely in every corner of our state.”
The Marshall County Memorial Library received a $2,409 library technology grant to purchase new desktop and laptop computers.
“This is great news for our local libraries. Our libraries are a great asset to our communities with students of all ages benefiting from the resources which are available there. I am very pleased that these funds are available and congratulate our local officials for helping secure these funds,” said Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville).
In 2017, the Library and Archives is awarding more than $300,000 in technology grants to 114 public libraries across Tennessee, which are funded by Tennessee state government and a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“These grant dollars will help upgrade the technology at our local libraries,” said Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg). “In turn, these upgrades mean more access to the internet and research and a better ability for our citizens to have the technology needed to succeed.”
More than $95,000 in state funds is also being awarded to develop and enhance 32 local archives.