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2016 Union County Library Grant Awards

The Summit Free Public Library Youth Services Department is the recipient of a grant of $7,500.00 from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The funds will be used to support the summer reading program, replace computers in the children's room and for equipment for the CATSS program, an after-school program for middle school students. For more information, please see the press release below, which can also be found here:

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the 2016 Union County Library Grant awards to 20 public libraries. The grants will be used to broaden and strengthen children’s programs in Union County libraries.unioncountygrant

“Educational activities are a fundamental part of a library’s mission, and these grants will help our local public libraries meet the growing demand for up-to-date children’s programming throughout the Union County community,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

The Library Grant program amount this year totaled almost $150,000, more than double the amount of the 2015 program.

“Last year was the inaugural year of the grant program, and the enthusiastic response from Union County libraries demonstrated that there was strong demand for continuing the program this year, and expanding it as well,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who originated the grant program.

The program is funded with non-tax dollars for the benefit of local, non-school libraries. It is designed to help libraries upgrade facilities, programming and materials that directly benefit children’s literature and activities. The grant program also covers planning documents.

The 2016 grant recipients will use their funds for various projects including science programs, coding classes, robotics clubs, summer and after-school reading programs, technology upgrades, children’s books, educational toys, and furniture for children’s areas.

The Library Grants Program is part of Chairman Bergen’s “Union County at Work and Play” 2016 initiative for countywide economic development and quality of life improvements.

For more information on all of the 2016 Chairman’s Initiatives visit ucnj.org.