Local library receives grant funding for computers

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visited Marshall County on Thursday to present grant funds to the Marshall County Memorial Library for technology upgrades in the library system. Pictured from left are: County Commissioner Tony Beyer, Library Board member Peggy Hubbard, State Representative Rick Tillis, MCML Director Jennifer Pearson, County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett, State Senator Jim Tracy, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, and JECDB Director Mike Wiles.
Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett traveled to the Marshall County Memorial Library on Thursday to present a grant check in person.

The grant, distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives, which falls under Hargett’s office, will help with library technology upgrades.

MCML received a $2,409 library technology grant, matched equally by the county, to purchase new desktop and laptop computers.

“These are more than investments in supplies or computers. These grants provide access to technology and information for more Tennesseans than ever before,” said Hargett said in a statement. “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.”

“These funds help us keep our computers upgraded for our patrons who need them for education and job searches, as well as entertainment,” said MCML Director Jennifer Pearson. “We appreciate the support from the State Library.”

“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 State Senator Jim Tracy.

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 State Representative Rick Tillis. “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.