Magness Library has been awarded two grants from the state.
The first was a Technology Grant distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Secretary of State Tre Hargett made the $1,472 grant presentation to Magness Library director Brad Walker and Magness Library board chair N.P. McWhirter.
A 50-50 matching grant, the funds can be used to update the library’s management software (card catalog and circulation programs) or to purchase new computers.
“These are more than investments in new computers. These grants provide access to technology and information for more Tennesseans than ever before,” said Hargett. “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.” Walker expressed his appreciation.
“Magness Library has received this grant every year, except one, for 26 years,” said Walker. “We appreciate the continued support from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.”
A CARES grant made available to public libraries totaled $440,000. The grant funds were distributed to help libraries and can be used for hotspots, circulating hardware, videoconferencing equipment, wi-fi extenders, and protective, safety and cleaning supplies related to COVID-19.
Magness Library received $4,865. No match is required.
The presentations were made at the library last week. Also in attendance were County Executive Jimmy Haley, state Sen. Janice Bowling, state Rep. Rush Bricken and state Rep. Paul Sherrell.