Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a grant check to Magness Library on Thursday.
The grant was one of two presented that day. The second went to a library in Coffee County.
Distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the grants will fund library technology upgrades.
“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.”
Magness Library received a $3,403 library technology grant to purchase a microfilm reader.
“We appreciate the state’s support in providing us the funds for a new microfilm reader,” said Magness Library director Brad Walker. “This is a huge benefit to the library and an asset to our genealogy room.”
The new digital microfilm reader will replace an older machine and allow for easier access to emailing and copying the film.
State Rep. Judd Matheny attended the event and expressed his appreciation.
“Our libraries are an extremely valuable part of our communities,” said Matheny. “This funding will help expand on the work our library already does by giving more people the ability to access advanced information and technology. I appreciate the willingness of the State Library and Archives to invest in our area.”
In 2017, the Library and Archives is awarding more than $300,000 in technology grants to 114 public libraries across Tennessee.