State Library issues more than $120,000 in grants statewide

Grants are made possible by the State Legislature State Grants-in-Aid program

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
December 9, 2015

PHOENIX – The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (State Library), a division of the Secretary of State, has approved more than $120,000 in grants throughout the state for various library construction and programming projects. The grants were made possible by the Arizona State Legislature through the State Grants-in-Aid program.

“Libraries are changing to meet the informational, technological and educational needs of their communities,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan. “These changes may require building construction or technological infrastructure updates.”

Projects funded by the grants include construction projects like early learning spaces, makerspaces, video production rooms, dedicated meeting rooms, and community gathering spaces. Other primary uses for the grant funding include collections development, staff training, programming, supplies, and technology support.

The libraries receiving grant funding are:

Tolleson Public Library $40,896
Coolidge Public Library $36,150
Ak-Chin Indian Community Library $17,542
Buckeye Public Library-Downtown Library $11,812
Pinetop-Lakeside Library $9,000
Parker Public Library $6,000

For more information on the library construction coming to your area, contact your local library. More information on the SGIA program is available on the State Library website, www.azlibrary.gov in the Library Development section. In 1981, the Arizona legislature developed State Grants-in-Aid (SGIA) to help Arizona libraries meet the information needs of Arizona residents. SGIA provides limited construction funding to public libraries, and annual awards to county library districts and to cities with populations of 100,000 or more.

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